AN INDIAN FESTIVAL Diwali is the most popular festival in India. It is celebrated throughout the country with great enthusiasm. The word Diwali has been taken from the Sanskrit. That is Deep + avali. It means a row of lights. One of the common things in all the cities and villages is that earthen lamps, candles or electric lamps are lit on all the houses. Some rich and well-to-do people decorate their houses with rows of electric bulbs in different colours. In the distant past king Ram returned to Ayodhya on this Amavasya (dark night) after defeating Ravana the demon king of Lanka. All the paths to the palace were lighted by the people who celebrated the day as a victory of good over the evil. In some parts of the country celebrations start a week earlier. Sweets and snacks are prepared in all the houses for a week and are offered to the guests who visit one another on the festive day. The main festivities start a day earlier which is known as the smaller Diwali. Actually Diwali is the culmination of the festivities that start on Dussehra. It is the day on which Ravana was killed and Sita was freed from his clutches. On the Dussehra day processions... read more
MY FAVOURITE FESTIVAL India is a multicultural land where various languages are spoken, many religious and customs observed, and many festivals are celebrated. Each festival has a religious or mythological significance behind it. All festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm and traditional gaiety. Children especially enjoy them a great deal. The family usually prepares for the festival well in advance. Clothes are bought, the house is cleaned and white washed. Everything begins to glitter and gleam. My favourite festival is Diwali. It usually falls on the eve of winter. This is a festival of lights and sound. New clothes are bought for every member of the family and on the day of the festival the family prays together. Lakshmi Pooja is performed. Shopkeepers perform pooja in their shops as well as at home. People greet their relatives and friends with sweets and crackers. The shops on the streets are lighted with colourful bulbs and one always finds a crowd of people shopping there. As the evening approaches the houses are lit with candles and electric lights. Children burst crackers. One hears the sound of the loud bombs and smaller crackers from all across the city. Looking up at the sky one finds rockets and various other fireworks filling the sky... read more
A HINDU FESTIVAL India is a land of festivals. For Indians everyday is a festival. Diwali, Holi, Duessehra, Christmas, Guruparav etc. are the some of the important festivals in India. Among these, Diwali is my favourite festival. Diwali means a row of lamps. It is an important hindu festival. It reminds us of the ideals of Rama. One this day, Rama, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, had returned to Ayodhya after an exile of fourteen years. People lighted lamps to welcome them. From then onwards, this festival is celebrated. Preparation for Diwali begins weeks in advance. Houses are whitewashed and decorated. New clothes are brought. Businessmen start new accounts on this day. Markets are decorated. People go to the market and buy utensil, sweets, toys, crackers etc. In the evening, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped. The houses are illuminated with earth lamps and electric bulbs. There is lighting everywhere. Children wear new clothes and burst crackers. Sweets and gifts are exchanged. Everybody is happy. Some foolish people gamble on this day. It is an evil practice. It should be stopped.