Diwali or Deepawali, literally meaning ‘row of lamps’, is the Festival of Lights, celebrated by many religions, but in Hinduism celebrated for the return of Lord Rama from his exile, and death of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna.
Celebrated on the new moon at the end of Ashwin month as per Indian lunar calendar, falling around October/November as per Gregorian calender
It is, as in all religions, believed that beyond one's physical being is something pure, infinite and everlasting- atma or soul. Diwali is the celebration of this inner self, this inner light, which outshones the darkness, battles all the obstacles, dispelling all the ignorance.
Special worship is done for the departed souls, remembering them and praying for their happiness.
Lakshmi Puja is done. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. many North Indian businessmen start their new financial year in this day.
And of course, people gotta have fun, out come the fireworks. Aerial and ground displays of fine fireworks.
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