Diwali Festival India

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

 

The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the festival's third day, the Hindu Lunar calendar determines the exact date every year, which usually falls between mid October and mid November. While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.


There are lots of ways to celebrate and not just by lighting lamps. In India, families will clean their homes and buy new clothes, while  businesses settle up their accounts and get their finances in order for the new year. During the festival, complicated designs called rangoli are made on floors or the ground using colored rice or powder to bring good luck. Families visit each other bringing gifts and sweets.


Traditionally, each day of Diwali has a different focus, with the first day as a shopping day, especially for gold or silver. The second day is used to decorate the home, with the third day as the main day of the festival, with fireworks at night, and a feast with family and friends. On the fourth day spouses exchange gifts, while on the fifth day brothers and sisters spend time together.

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