Diwali is the most important
annual festival for Hindus which falls during the month of October or November.
There is a lot of religious and cultural beliefs behind celebrating this
festival. The great cultural belief behind celebrating it, is to commemorate
the returning of Lord Rama to his home after 14 years of exile after defeating
the demon king, Ravana. It is also celebrated as the symbol of coming of the
winter season after the rainy season. It indicates the starting of new annual
account for the businessmen.
During this festival, we visit our
relatives and friends in order to share gifts and say them good wishes for
Diwali. We distribute the gift packets such as sweets, dry fruit packets, gift
hampers, cakes and many other things. We offer puja to the Goddess Lakshmi to
get more blessings for the bright future and prosperity.
Lamps are lighted everywhere to
remove the evil from home and welcome the God and Goddess. We get busy in the
activities of Diwali (such as purchasing, clean up, whitewash and other
religious activities) almost a month before from the real date of festival. It
looks bright and dazzling everywhere because of the lighting lamps and candles.
We Children, are very keen to
celebrate it and show our interest by involving in all the activities related
to the Diwali. We learn many stories,
making rangolis, playing games on this day. We Learned about how to use
crackers and fireworks, how to do puja, legends of Diwali and many more things.
Diwali festival includes five
days long celebration which are celebrated with joy and delight. The first day
of Diwali is known as the Dhanteras, second day is Naraka Chaturdashi or
Chhoti Diwali, third day is Main Diwali or Lakshmi puja, fourth day is
Govardhan puja and fifth day is Bhaiya Dooj. Each of the five days of Diwali
celebration has its own religious and cultural beliefs.