An Indian Festival – Diwali 2018
the last week of october or the first week of the November. ‘Dewali’ means rows of lights. It is said that it was on this day that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after spending fourteen years in exile. The people of Ayodhya celebrated his return to the capital by lightening lamps. Diwali also marks the advent of the winter season.
Diwali(An Indian Festival) is celebrated all over India. Preparations for Diwali start several days in advance. People get their housed cleaned and whitewashed. Shopkeepers, too, get their shops cleaned. Confectioners and toy-sellers get busy. The confectioners prepare sweets in large quantities. They decorate their shops and arrange sweets in an artistic manner. On the day of Diwali there is a great rush in the bazars. Many roadside stalls spring up. Every shop is crowded with customers. The confectioners are the busiest persons on this day. There is a great demand for toys, candles and fire works. In some families there is a custom to buy new utensils two days before Diwali.
In the evening people start illuminations. Some people light small earthen lamps. But now a days most of the people go for wax candles. some people illuminate their houses with electric light. On every side there are rows and rows of light. Fire works and crackers deafen the ear. All around there is an atmosphere of gaicty and cheerfulness.
At night people workship Lakshmi, goddess of wealth. They pray for prosperity and happiness. After the prayers sweets are distributed and Diwali gifts are exchanged among, friends and relatives. For some indian shopkeepers, Diwali marks the beginning of the new financial year. They close their annual accounts and start new account books on this day.
Diwali is an indian Festival, festival of light and merry making. But some evil customs have crept into it. For some person drinking and gambling are a must on the diwali night. They indulge in gambling and ruin themselves. Such evil customs should be done away with.