Diwali Festival 2013, Diwali is the Victory of Light over Darkness
Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India. The most part of the country celebrate Diwali or Deepavali with lots of enthusiasm. It is called the festival of light. Diwali festival is actually celebrated as the victory of light over evil and darkness. The entire country is lit with lots of fireworks and beautiful lights to celebrate this festival. In Hindu religion Diwali is the most important festival when the Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshiped. Today this festival is also celebrated by Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists around the world. That is why this festival is also known as festival of prosperity and wealth. In all sections of society this festival brings lots of excitement.
In the most part of India Diwali Festival is celebrated for a period of five days. These days are Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhana Puja and Bhai Dooj. On Dhanteras people purchase various types of utensils and ornaments. It is one of the most auspicious occasions. People commemorate the slaying of the Narakasura (Demon) on Naraka chaturdashi. On Laxmi Puja, Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity is worshipped. The next day is Govardhan puja on which Lord Krishna is worshiped by the people. This is the particular day which also celebrated as the New Year in Gujarat.
Bhai Dooj is the last day of Diwali Festival. Brothers and sisters meet with each other and exchange sweets and presents to express their affection and fondness for each other. On the occasion of Diwali people exchange various types of gifts between each other. Friends and families give and accept gifts like puja thalis, sweets, homemade chocolate, dry fruits, candles, diyas, décor items, wall hanging, jewellery, gift hampers etc. In this festival parents and children bursts crackers and light various types of lamps to celebrate.
Diwali 2012 Date: 03 November, Sunday