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Home > India Fair & Festival Tours > Diwali - Festival of Lights
Diwali - Festival of Lights

Date : 23 October 2014
Highlights : Ubiquitous festivities, Lights and fireworks, and liveliest public spaces

Its religious, spiritual, and social significance illustrates the ultimate win of the light over the darkness, good over evil, knowledge and wisdom over ignorance, and hope and optimism over despair and pessimism

Diwali or Deepavali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated by almost all the communities with much fanfareand celebrations. This festival has its origins in ancient mythology wherein Lord Rama was welcomed home after an exile and defeating an evil king, Ravan. It is believed that the people of his city decorated the paths with diyas or mud lamps as it was a no moon night and was dark. Hence, this festival is called the “Festival of Lights.” Its religious,spiritual, and social significance illustrates the ultimate win of the light over the darkness, good over evil. It is also believed that the Goddess of wealth, Laksmi is integral to the prayers and other rituals which form an important part of this festival. She is known to bestow wealth on all if worshipped during this day. While it is a one day festival, it is celebrated across 3-4 days in a row. Everywhere there is an air of holy beliefs and festivities. People get together, burn fire crackers and light the lamps across their homes as a sign of good vanquishing the evil.

To some communities, this festival is also the beginning of a new year as per the Hindu calendar system which includes the business calendar also. People shop for their families, homes and for others too. Houses undergo spring cleaning kind of activity and one makes delicacies at home. Sweets are consumed in abundance and the entire country celebrates with joy and vigor. It is one of the most anticipated festivals in India as people take long holidays and celebrate it with their family members.

For people visiting India, this is one of the best times for them to visit India as one can find all parts of the country festive, relaxed and much laid back. You can find that each state in the country has special little sub rituals attached to this festival but one thing is common, the food, firecrackers and the lamps. Whichever part of the country you visit in this period, you are sure to be enveloped in the festivities and the purity in the air.