May 9th -2005
My dear Viktor,
your previous letter you asked me to describe one of our festivals.
Dear friend, Diwali is our most sacred and colourful festival. It is a
festival of lights. It is celebrated at the end of the rainy season and
the beginning of the winter season. It is celebrated all over India in
honour of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after a long exile in the
Great preparations are made many days before the
festival. The houses and shops are painted, well cleaned and gaily
decorated. In every house sweets are prepared or purchased from the
market. Sweets are exchanged among friends and relatives.
day itself is marked with great rejoicing and merry making. At night,
Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is worshipped in every Hindu home and
everybody prays for health and wealth. Some people illuminate their
houses with multicoloured electric bulbs. The children specially enjoy
this festival. They get toys, sweets and delicious dishes to eat. They
explode crackers and indulge in fun and frolic. There is nothing to
equal it in any religion or country.