- Preparations for Diwali
- Celebration for Diwali
- Lakshmi Puja
- Festival of Joy and Happiness with charity
In India, we celebrate a lot of festivals. There are many festivals like Diwali, Pongal, Lord Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, Vijayadasami, Holi, Janmashtami, Sri Ram Navami, Onam, Christmas, New Year, Ramzan, and all. One of the most important festivals is Diwali. This festival usually comes in October or November every year. It is a major festival for the Hindus. People celebrate with great joy and enthusiasm throughout India.
“The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals” – Siddharth Katragadda
Diwali is a festival of lights. The preparation for Diwali starts a month before. Firstly, they get new clothes for all the members of the family. Secondly, they prepare a lot of sweets varieties to celebrate Diwali. Third, crackers also attract kids. Moreover, they start bursting them from one week before. Getting ready for this celebration day takes one week.
On this day, people clean up the houses, take an oil bath early morning, wear new clothes, and worship the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh. They decorate the home with clay lamps. People draw beautiful rangoli in front of their homes, distribute sweets, and burst firecrackers with family and friends. Some people do not like firecrackers because of the noise and harmful smoke. Likewise, some people consider bursting crackers as a wastage of money. To sum up, there will be fun and excitement in the evening with lighting firecrackers.
Business people worship with money to Goddess Lakshmi. They pray to bless their business with wealth and prosper well. Putting lamps outside the houses is believed that they are welcoming the Goddess directly into the home. People usually purchase banana, coconut, betel leaves, camphor flowers, plantain leaves, turmeric, and many such commodities for this festival. It helps the poor farmers to earn money for their life. They expect big sales during the festive time.
People invite their friends and relatives to this celebration. They enjoy it together. Wearing a new dress and bursting crackers at night bring them fun and excitement. The new wear brings a lovely and fresh look to feel more joyful and contented. It is also a practice to offer new clothes, sweets, food to poor and needy people so that they could enjoy the festival.
People celebrate in every nook and corner of the country. Lots of reasons are there behind celebrating this festival. Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14years from the forest to be crowned as King as people wished him to be. Also, it marks the victory of Rama over Ravana.
This festival also creates a sense of oneness among the people. It becomes a symbol of unity. That is to say, Diwali is the symbol for the victory of the forces of good over evil. This celebration gives us a message with fun and excitement. People consider this as a day for helping the needy and poor people with dress, sweets, and food.