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Monday, August 17, 2009

Favourite festival - deepawali

Diwali or Deepawali is a Hindu festival of lights.
The word Deepawali literally means rows of diyas (clay lamps).
It is a family festival.
It is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra
It is celebrated to commemorate the return of lord Rama to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.
It is also meant to celebrate the destruction of arrogant tyrant Bali at the hands of Vishnu.
Another reason for the celebration of Diwali is that the 6th guru of the Sikhs, Guru Hargobind Ji, was set free from Gwalior jail along with 52 kings on this day.
On this day twinkling oil lamps or diyas light up every home and there are numerous firework displays.
Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom is worshipped in most Hindu homes.
Goddess Lakshmi, who is the symbol of wealth and prosperity is also worshipped. Spring cleaning and whitewashing of the houses is done.
Rangolis (decorative designs) are painted on the walls and floor.
New clothes are bought and family members and relatives gather together to offer prayers, distribute sweets and to light up their houses.
There are some bad practices also followed on this day. Some people resort to drinking and gambling which is not good.

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