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Diwali Festivals
Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains worldwide, Diwali is not only one of the most popular festivals of India, but also one of the most vibrant among all festivals of the world. Diwali – the festival of light is celebrated every year on 15th day of Ashwin month (October/November). Representing the victory of goodness over evil, the festival of Diwali is indeed an inseparable part of rich culture of India dating several thousands years back.

The 5-days long festival of Diwali (which means a row of lamps) is celebration of lights, fireworks and puddings. Many of the widely known mythologies have it that celebration dates many thousands years back. As Dussehra (one of another most popular festival of Hindus) marks the victory of Hindu God, lord Rama, over the demon king Ravana, the festival of Diwali marks the arrival of lord Rama to his home, Ayodhya. Not only Hindus, but also Sikhs and Jains all over the world celebrate the spirited fest by lightening candles and diyas (earthen lamps) to welcome the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

The festival of Diwali is not only about lightening diyas and enjoying fireworks. The 5-days festival is full of religious and traditional activities taking place everyday. First day of the festival is Dhan Teras (an auspicious day for shopping) and second day is Naraka Chaturdashi. The actual Diwali is on third day, when the moon in the sky is totally nil, and light of diyas and candles makes the night gleaming and full of revelry. The 4th and 5th day of the celebration mark Padwa and Bhayiduj.

Must See & Do !
Brighten the festive lamp: Brightening diyas and candles, the most significant element of the festival, is great joy on this auspicious day. Decorate every nooks of your home with lightening diyas.

Enjoy the fireworks: Fireworks have been an innate part of the festival. Available in different varieties, bursting crackers along with whole of your family form the most favourite part of the festival for children.

Shop shop and shop: Never miss shopping on the most auspicious day for shopping, the 1st day of the fest (Dhanteras). The best buy are household items, especially utensils and jeweleries.
Savour prasads and puddings: Relishing Prasads (offering to Gods) made of sweet dishes (laddoo, barfi, etc), and traditional puddings prepared in home are worth heightening the festive zeal.

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