Diwali is undoubtedly the brightest and most dazzling of all festivals. The word Deepavali which is another name for Diwali means ‘row of lights”. It is marked by four days of celebration and illuminates the country with its brilliance. Enjoyment and goodness are a constant refrain in diwali.
The diwali festival can be traces back to ancient India and it was foremost a harvest festival. There are various legends associated with the origin of diwali. The most popular of these is the return of the victorious Lord Rama to his home Ayodhya after a fourteen year exile to the forest. He returned with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after vanquishing the demon king, Raavana. In joyous celebration of the return of the king, the inhabitants of Ayodhya illuminated the city with earthen lamps and lit firecrackers.
The simple rituals of diwali have significance and a story to tell. The illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens. According to one belief, the bursting of fire crackers is an indication of the joy and happiness that people feel and making the gods aware of their blissful state. The Diwali festival is celebrated with a passion by Hindus throughout the world.