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Festival of Lights : Diwali


Diwali is one of the most important festivals of India. The word Diwali is an incorrect from of the word "Dipawali" which means "rows of light". The festival of Diwali takes place on the fifteenth day in the month of Kartik when winter seasons begins.  There are various opinions about it. The jains believe that on this day Mahavir Swami went to the heaven, there he was received warmly by the gods. He got Nirvan on this day. The Hindus celebrate this festival because on this day Shri Ramchandra returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravan the king of Lanka. People lighted their houses in this honor.

Preparation
This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show. People whitewash their houses and shops with pictures, toys and paper flowers. All wooden things are painted and polished. Women prepare Pucca food in their houses.

India Diwali Celebration
In india Diwali Festival Celebrate with footprint of years and years before culture. At day of Diwali every indian wake up early morning at 5 pm and first take a bath called "Abhangyasnana" at the bath time in morning you can hear the fireworks and crackers sound everywhare. Next we decorate our house with candles, thanking God for all he has given us. It looks beautiful when the oil lamps twinkle together in all the houses. Then late at night we get together and light the crackers. There is a lot of noise and air pollution. Then we have a small party where we eat and enjoy. Women decorate house ground with attractive rangoli include various designs of diwali and place a "diya" on it and from here Diwali celebration start for full day. To celebrate Diwali we buy new clothes, firecrackers, sweets, etc. We also meet our relatives and friends on Diwali. At dusk we do puja of Goddess Lakshmi. We also give food, clothes, money and other useful things to the poor. Some days before Diwali we burn statues of evil King Ravana. This is because Lord Rama defeated him. Thus, Diwali is a festival which celebrates victory of good over evil.  


Celebration
On the night of Diwali people illuminate their houses and shops. Poor people light their houses with chirag. The rich people light their houses with electric bulbs of different colors. In big cities money is spent on fireworks. All people are happy. They are seen in their best clothes. At about 10 P.M people close their shops and go to their houses. Then they worship Lakshmi-the goddess of wealth. after worshiping they enjoyed the rich food prepared for the day. They send sweets and Khil batasha to their friends and relatives. The officers give bakshih to their servants. Alms are given to the poor. Merchants are traders and shopkeepers close their old accounts. They open new ones for the new year. The Hindus believe that goddess Lakshmi comes to their house at night. So they keep awake for the whole night.

Advantages and Disadvantages
The festival is very useful to the people. It comes after rainy season. So all dirty things and rubbish are removed from the houses. The air become pure by the smell of havans and the smoke of chirags. Shopkeepers and toy sellers earn a lot of money on this festival.

Though this festival is so useful, it is not free from evils. Gambling should be discouraged among the people. It is a blot on this happy day. Festivals like Diwali are the only occasions for showing the social and religious sprit of the nation.