Diwali is the festival of lights and sweetness, symbolizing the victory of good over evil, truth over falsity and brightness over darkness. Diwali festival includes five days long celebration which are celebrated with joy and delight. The first day of Diwali is known as the Dhanteras, second day is Naraka Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali, third day is Lakshmi puja, fourth day is govardhan puja and fifth day is Bhaiya Dooj. each and every day of Diwali celebration has its own religious and cultural beliefs. A lot of preparation goes before the actual festival. Houses are cleaned, white washed and painted. Every nook and corner of the house is swept clean.
During this festival people visit their relatives and friends in order to share gifts and wishes. It is the common belief of people that buying new things at this day would bring home Lakshmi. So they buy new clothes, firecrackers, diyas, sweets and more. Many of them start their new accounts books on this day, after the puja held in honor of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. People distribute the gift packets such as sweets, dry fruits, cakes and many other things to their near and dear ones. Kids enjoy this festival by wearing glittering clothes. Lamps are lighted everywhere to remove the evil from the home and to welcome god.
It looks bright and dazzling everywhere because of lighting lamps, candles and especially firecrackers. Children are very keen to burst crackers which brings joy and happiness in their hearts. Diwali is the most favorite festival for all as it brings a lot of blessings and happiness. Neighbors, family members, and friends gather together in the evening party and enjoy with lots of delicious sweets, dance, music, etc all through the night. Lots of delicious dishes are prepared at the time of celebration. Jalebis, Gulab Jamun, Kaju Barfi, Suji Halwa are the most popular during this occasion.
Diwali enriches the friendship among neighbours It is a national festival celebrated by everyone irrespective of caste, creed, and race. It, therefore, promotes unity among all… So celebrate this year Diwali with your friends, family, and neighbours.