INDIAN CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

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India is the land of cultural and religious festivals famous for its diversity and the rich past. One specific among the number of festivals is the Diwali, commonly referred as the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali, the festival of lights is the traditional Hindu festival celebrated the victory of good over evil. Indians all over the world come together and celebrate the auspicious day with their friends and families.

It’s the festival that enjoyed by various ethnic groups like the Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. Not just Indians but people all over celebrate Diwali by celebrating with others, glittering clay lams, fire crackers show, flower decoration, sharing of sweets, and worship their gods.

HOW IS DIWALI CELEBRATED?

Bright lights, fireworks, colorful designs all to light up the night to welcome happiness and keep away the darkness in our lives. People during the festival take oil bath and wear traditional clothes newly bought, sharing sweets among family, friends and neighbors and provide foods to the needy.

The grand festival interpreted in different forms based upon where one live. Southern India celebrates the festival as it is the day that Narakasuran (evil) defeated by Lord Krishna.

Northern India celebrate it by lighting row of clay lamps all around their house to cherish the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhaya after he defeated the evil Ravana. Western India celebrates the festival by marking it as the day that Lord Vishnu sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LIGHTS & FIRECRACKERS

Among the numerous religious and cultural festival Indians celebrate, Diwali is considered to be the most significant as it marks the victory of good over evil. At the same time, it also includes the significance of lighting clay camps and decorating thy sky with colorful firecrackers.

Children, youngsters and adults in every household buy firecrackers online as lighting firecrackers is a symbol of prosperity, good health and fun. Sivakasi, a small town in Tamilnadu produces and supplies 80% capital of India’s firecracker requirement. Outside India, Diwali has been continuously celebrated in many other parts of the world by foreigners as well by Indian expatriates.

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