Thursday, 4 November 2010

Welcome the lights!

Ritwick Sinha
Class-IV,
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School,
Guwahati

In India, one of the most widely celebrated festivals is Diwali. The word ‘Diwali’ means ‘row of lights’! It is the festival of lights. Diwali is celebrated in the month of October/November every year. It is an exciting festival for the people of India.

During this festival, people clean and decorate their homes. At night, the temples, homes, and shops are decorated with colourful diyas, electric bulbs and candles. Children love this festival and burn fireworks. But they should be careful while doing so. People share sweets with their friends and relatives. Schools, colleges and offices remain closed on this day.

This festival is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after an exile of fourteen years. Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya along with his wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshmana, after defeating Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya welcomed their Prince back and decorated the entire city with diyas. Since that day onwards, Diwali is celebrated every year in India.

There are many more reasons to celebrate this festival in India. Some people worship Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth on this day. It is also an important festival among the Jains. Wishing all of you a Happy Dipawali.
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