One of the most important Hindu festivals, Diwali is celebrated with great rapture throughout the country. Popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’, is celebrated to commemorate the return of Hindu Lord Rama to Ayodhya (his kingdom) after his 14 years long exile which ended up with defeating the demon king Ravana. As per Indian mythology, his people lit diyas (clay oil lamps) all over the town as an expression of their immense happiness on his return. The tradition continues till date.
Hindu goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and auspiciousness are also worshipped by people who seek prosperity and happiness in the form of their blessings. It is the occasion which is considered most auspicious to buy some precious luxury items, per say jewelery or a new car. The sale of new cars tops the charts across the country around Diwali festival. Other important household commodities like electronic appliances, new furniture, etc. are also bought by people especially on this auspicious occasion.
Bursting crackers is another means of celebration. However, some people often resort to gambling (with friends and family). While the former should be done in moderate amount, not polluting the environment and maintaining peace and tranquility, the latter is also considered pristine when done on the occasion of Diwali. It’s becomes the part of the gaiety observed all around and people don’t mind losing a few bucks even.
From decorating the homes with resplendent Rangolis, lightning candles and lamps at the door steps to presenting gifts, fruits and sweets to the loved ones, also comes under the great Diwali celebrations. Lives filled with happiness, love and prosperity and traditions and culture staying put is what this festival calls for and all put their best foot forward in trying to achieve the same.