Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India. With this festival are associated so many lores and legends. It marks the victory of Rama over Ravana. As a matter of fact, Diwali is the symbol of the victory of the forces of good over evil.
On the day of Diwali there are hectic activities all over the country. People call and invite their nearest and dearest ones. On this festival, sweets are made and distributed among friends and relatives. People indulge in fun and frolic on the day of Diwali.
New clothes are worn by the young and the old, high and low. Children and teenagers are dressed in their most glittering and dazzing dresses. At the same time, during night, fire-works and crackers are also let off. The bright flames of the fire-works present and exquisite sight in the dark light.
The festival wears a lovely look. Everyone is well glad, gay and mirthful. Some celebrate in the most enthusiastic way. Some indulge in gambling. Gambling according to gamblers, forms a part of Diwali festival and whosoever does not gamble, becomes a doney in his next life. At night the people illumine their houses, walls and terraces with earthen pots. These glittering lights in the darkness of night preset a bewitching spectacle. A part from houses, public buildings and government offices are also lit up. The scene of light and illuminations is very enchanting.
At the night is performed ‘Lakshmi Puja’. The Hindus worship Lakshmi; the goddess of wealth on this day. They pray, so that, goddess Lakshmi may visit their houses.
Diwali festival is the festival of the whole country. It is celebrated in every nook and corner of the country. Thus, this festival also creates a sense of oneness among the people. It becomes the symbol of unity; India has been celebrating it even today which is both historical and religious.