Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most important Hindu festivals in India. It comes on the Amavasya of the Hindu month of Kartik, which falls by the last quarter of every year. Now do you know, what Diwali means to the Indians and why it is so special? The following video will tell you everything.
Diwali commemorates the victory of the forces of light over the forces of darkness and the celebration continues all day long. So, it is celebrated with lightening up of lots of lampions (Diyas) after the sunset. On the day, people get up early in the morning and starts preparation for decoration, food and gifts to welcome the guests in the evening. The special food of the day includes various sweets and snacks, and the most special part of the decoration is rangoli, which is made with colourful sand at the door steps.
Who are these guests coming in the evening of Diwali? Your relatives and neighbours are these guests who visit your home to greet “Happy Diwali” and you also do the same as a guest for the others. Most of the Hindu families also worship and pray to the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity- Laxmi in the evening.
The major fun of Diwali begins after the sunset. People go out of their homes to see their cities, which are decorated with lots of colourful lights and other stuff. Shops remain open on the day till late night and you can also do shopping while enjoying the view of your city. Kids also play with firecrackers in the night, which also looks pleasant and you can see the sky full of lighting as well due to some rocket fireworks.
Apart from the traditional values, Diwali is not just for Hindus, other communities also enjoy the fun of this festival. They also enjoy the decoration of lights, firecrackers and delicious food on the day.
So, a very happy and prosperous Diwali to all of you from Team Punwadi, enjoy the day and have fun.