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Know Our India- Diwali Festival 2013

Diwali is the festival of lights. It is one of the most important and awaited festivals of India. Diwali is also known as “Deepawali”. Deep can be translated in English as small earthen pots which is lighted after filling the deep or diyas with ghee or oil. The atmosphere is electrifying on the day of Diwali. The night looks awesome. All the houses are decorated with diyas and electric colorful bulbs. The sound of firecrackers can be heard through out the night. Lakshmi Puja is performed in most of the houses in Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi is known to bring wealth to the household.

Diwali Festival 2013

Deepwali is also celebrated as a mark of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. It is said that people lighted their houses when lord Rama returned to Ayodhaya. They were happy and celebrated the day. From that day Deepawali is celebrated every year.

Deepawali symbolizes victory of good over the evil forces. People light up all the places, they do not want to leave a single place left with darkness as Deepawali means the removal of darkness from earth. This removal is not only physical but from the minds also.

Diwali Celebrations: Deepawali is a festival of great joy. Children await the day through out the year. All around the world where Indians are based, celebrate it with great enthusiasm. When the dusk approaches on the Diwali day, you can see thousands of flickering light around you in houses. The sight is spectacular and extremely beautiful. There is also a custom to distribute sweets among family and neighbors. Gifts are also exchanged. Deepawali. People also visit markets to eat and celebrate. The entire atmosphere is that of festivity.

Deepawali is celebrated over a period of five days. The diwali starts with “Dhanteras”. People buy utensils on the day. The second day is 'Chhoti Diwali”. The third day is the “Badi Diwali”. On this day Lakshmi Puja is performed. The fourth day is called “Vritapratipada”. On this day King Vikramaditya was coroneted. The fifth day is 'bhaiya duj”.

Deepawali Festival in 2013: Sunday, 3rd November.