What is Diwali:
'Deepawali' or 'Diwali' is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word 'Deepawali' refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, according to the Hindu calendar. This festival commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. It symbolizes that age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. This year it falls on 3rd November, 2013.
History of Diwali:
Diwali is the day when King Rama's coronation was celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. By order of the royal families of Ayodhya and Mithila, the kingdom of which Sita was princess, the cities and far-flung boundaries of these kingdoms were lit up with rows of lamps, glittering on dark nights to welcome home the divine king Rama and his queen Sita after 14 years of exile, ending with an across-the-seas war in which the whole of the kingdom of Lanka was destroyed.
On Diwali Day:
On the day of Diwali festival, doorways are hung with Torans & Rangolis are drawn to welcome guests. Oil diyas are arranged in and around the house. Because of these flickering lamps, the festival has acquired its name : Deepawali or Diwali meaning 'a rows of lamps'. It is auspicious to be buy something metallic, such as silver. Whatever may be the fables and legends behind the celebrations of Diwali, all people exchange sweets, wear new clothes and buy jewelry at this festive time.
Celebrations Across World:
Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Every year on the dark nights of Diwali, the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of the favorite festival of Indians. Homes are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy.
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