Celebrated with much pomp and decor in India is Diwali, a 5- day festival portraying the cultural and traditional heritage of India. This festival is celebrated as a symbol of the triumph of good over evil. This year will see the significant festival falling on October 18,2017. The date is decided based upon the Hindu lunar calendar each year. The festival is celebrated all over the world by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains alike with each having different celebration styles but the cause being one – the victory of good over evil and the overpowering of light over darkness. The festival is an ancient tradition being followed from ages ago to celebrate the return of Lord Rama from exile with his consorts.
Diwali is synonymous with lights, sweets and fireworks. Popularly known as the Festival of Lights, the festival will see a huge number of fireworks on display, which is a colorful treat for the eyes. You can see the sky ablaze with hues of red, blue, green and what not with all the fireworks adorning the sky. The festival is first begun with an oil bath to soothe and rejuvenate the body. Then comes the time for wearing new clothes. The little ones eagerly await this day to bounce around in their new attires. Ladies of the house are engaged in decorating the house front with vibrant rangolis.
If you take a walk in the street on these days, you will be left speechless with the wafting aroma of the dishes being cooked inside reaching your nostrils. Mouth watering delicacies such as Mysore Pak, Adhirasam and various other dishes will be on the menu of every house. The houses will be decorated with brightly coloured diyas and beautiful rangoli artworks. The whole day will be filled with the bursting of crackers.
Legend has it that people celebrated the return of Lord Rama by setting off fireworks and that tradition has been followed till date. Today, fireworks is mandatory in every household, with which the young and the old alike can be seen outside bursting crackers and admiring the colours and designs in the sky. The elders go hand in hand with the kids and bring out the fun side in them. You can see this amazing display of fireworks on all 5 days of the festival, rightly named as the festival of lights with the brightly lit lamps in the households and vibrant display of fireworks in the sky. Friends and families come together on this joyous occasion and spend a memorable day of lights and sweets. Sweets and gifts are shared and blessings are given by the elders on this auspicious day. The day marks the win of good over evil with the defeat of Lord Raavana and is celebrated with much pomp and gaiety.
The festival of lights is filled with fun and frolic and is much awaited by everyone to let their hair down and indulge in some serious fun.