The Indian Festival of Lights
Today marks the Indian festival of lights, called Diwali or Deepavali, which is celebrated throughout the country. The Diwali festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. There are many stories associated with this festival. The most common is the return of Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after killing the demon king Ravana in Sri Lanka. People celebrated the return of Rama and Sita by lighting up lamps along the path of their return.
The Diwali festival marks a national holiday, not just in India, but in many countries where this important festival is celebrated. It is one of the biggest festivals in India with lots of shopping, bursting firecrackers, sweets, and gift exchanges. The Diwali festival marks the biggest shopping season as well with lots of discounts and offers on every product and brand. People wear new clothes, do pujas (prayers to host, honor, and worship) and go to temples, exchange sweets and gifts, and set off lots and lots of firecrackers.
Traveling Home for the Diwali Festival
Everyone wants to be with their families for this festival, so many people travel to their villages to be with their families. Traveling at this time of the year becomes very hectic and difficult. The government announces special buses and trains to cater to the demand. The setting off of firecrackers is quite dangerous, especially with all the smoke that is produced. We always hope there are no accidents. Children love this festival as they get to burst fire crackers. They all get new outfits and get to enjoy lots of homemade sweets. All in all it is a festival of joy and happiness for all the people!
Happy Diwali to everyone!
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