When one thinks about Indian festivals, the festival
that instantly comes to mind is DIWALI or DEEPAVALI as called by
some.. This Hindu festival brings excitement and joy to the hearts
of people even before it arrives. Diwali is the festival of Laxmi,
the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess
Laxmi brings peace and prosperity to all.
Diwali is celebrated all over India. The preparations for the festival
begins well in advance. People start decorating their homes, preparing
sweets and farsans and buy new clothes & jewellery all this
to welcome the Goddess into their homes who comes to bless all.The
festival of Diwali is celebrated for a period of 5 days the last
day being the 15th day of Ashwin (a month of Hindu calendar) which
falls somewhere in the month of October and November. People light
up their homes with clay oil lamps and colorful lights and Rangolis
. This new moon night or Amavasya as it is called is thus turned
into a bright and colourful night.
Diwali is a festival of Hindus, but especially of the Businessmen,
On this day they do puja of Account books and start writing their
new accounts. This is called as "CHOPDA PUJAN" meaning
puja of account books.
The celebration of Diwali can be viewed in all its splendour
at night when all the homes are lit up. Diwali is incomplete without
its fireworks. People especially children burst crackers of all
variety - Sparkles, Flower Pots, Rockets, from the fancy ones
to the loud noise making Bombs.