Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Diwali Utsav

Diwali

Diwali or Deepawali is it festival of lights. The word Deepawali means a row of lights. Diwali is the most beautiful and joyful of all Hindu festivals. It comes off towards the close of the Hindu month of Ashwin in October or November. It last for four days. Each of those days has a religious meaning.

Long before the festival, people start cleaning, white-washing and decorating their houses. During the festival every houses has its row of oil lamps lighted early in the morning and at night. People get up early. Children let off crackers Women draw lovely rangolis. People have a rich breakfast and lunch which has tasty dishes specially prepared for each day.

Bazaars look gay with decorations. They display a wide variety of goods attractively and artistically. On the last day, businessmen and the traders worship Laxmi, the goddess of plenty and prosperity. They open new books of account from the next day. For many the Hindu New year starts on the day after Diwali.

People visit their friends and relatives with boxes of sweets or dry fruit. They wish them a happy Diwali. Diwali is, thus, the gayest and the brighest of all indian festivals.

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