Every year, Hindus wait for the festival of Diwali. It is one of the sacred festivals. The biggest questions always arises for those who are unknown to the reason of celebrating it. Why do we celebrate it? On this day, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It arrival day is after twenty days of Dusshera. Diwali celebration also shows the arrival of winters. It is equivalent to Christmas. As Christmas is to Christians, in the same way Diwali is to Hindu.
How many of us knows, what is the meaning of Diwali? Diwali is also called as Deepawali. Deep means lamps or “Diyas”. Deepawali means a collection of lamps. Before the arrival of this auspicious day, all the houses, buildings, shops are cleaned and washed. Some of them even paint them again. They are decorated with flowers, lights and other decorative materials.
Diwali also brings a holiday mood where people get time for their families and relatives. They go on shopping, buy new clothes and sweets. Therefore, one can see the streets and markets overloaded with the crowd. There is an exchange of sweets, gifts and greeting cards. At night, buildings are so beautifully decorated with lamps, candles, earthen lamps and electric bulbs. All of you can have a view of bright and a colourful sight.
How can we forget one of the main attraction for children as well as for adult on Diwali? It is obviously crackers. There is a great enthusiasm and excitement in children while burning the crackers. There are different types of crackers. Most of us fall for the joy and excitement but what we need to care of is ourselves. We should play it very safely.
Many people do believe that burning crackers is harmful. It disturbs the environment. Some of them are loud enough that they not only disturb the animals and birds but also the humans. Rockets fly up in the sky, therefore we need to be fire them only in the open area. Otherwise, it can create risk for the people staying nearby.
Everybody has their own individual thinking. While many of them will be thinking of celebrating with their family and friends. Some of them will open new accounts and start new business thinking it as a lucky day. But some of them invites negativity through gambling and liquor. For them Diwali is all about this.
At night we pray to Goddess Laxmi, who is a goddess of wealth. People believe that Goddess Laxmi enter only those houses which are clean enough. People pray for their health as well as health and prosperity. You may find lights of almost all houses open at night. It is due to the believe that Goddess Laxmi may find it easier to find their house.
Whole country celebrate this festival with a great joy. This festival is all about lights and festivities. It adds beauty, delight and charms to our lives. On this day, everything looks beautiful especially the buildings and houses. It is a festival of joy and excitement but also brings thrills by burning crackers.