Diwali, or Deepavali is India’s biggest and most important holiday, celebrated by all Hindu, Sikhs and Jains, in the month of October or November every year. It is known as the festival of lights. Every neighborhood in India becomes more beautiful when the homes and businesses are beautifully decorated with row (avali) of clay oil lamps (deepa) and electric lights during the five days of Diwali celebration. Glorious patterns or rangoli are created with powdered sand and colors on the floors at the doorsteps. It is said that the enlightened little earthen lamps symbolizes the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.
Families spent days cleaning and decorating their homes in preparation of the festival. Shopping for new cloths, outfits and accessories adds more excitement to the celebration. When it comes to Diwali sweets, you can’t just eat one!!! They are simply delicious and the varieties will just amaze you!!!
This festival that is believed to bring prosperity and good fortune, honors the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. People keep their doors and windows open during Diwali to welcome her. It is also celebrated as the homecoming day of Lord Rama and Sita after defeating the ten-headed demon king Ravanna. Individual faiths celebrate the festival for different reasons. South India celebrates the festival as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. Be it any reason or religion, Diwali marks the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
Finally, just want to say, no matter wherever you’re and celebrate Diwali, try visiting India at least once during the festival and enjoy the stunning display of lights and festivities. Believe me, it will be a lifetime experience.