Whenever you feel you have to see stars during day, then just wait for the one Indian festival Diwali. This festival is so important for all the religions in India that come October and November the whole of the country gets ready to celebrate one of the grandest festivals ever in this part of the world. For the Hindus, the festival signifies a lot of activities that are done together traditionally. For the Jains, the festival of Diwali is the time of getting salvation. It is believed that the Jain guru Mahavira attained enlightenment at this time. The Sikhs celebrate Diwali as the freedom day of Guru Hargobind who saved around 52 kings from the captivity of the Mughal Emperor.
Across the world, the festival is celebrated in the countries of Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Guyana, Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago and Malaysia besides, Suriname and Singapore. Diwali is actually “Deepavali” which in Sanskrit means the row of lamps.
During this festival small lamps are made of clay, painted and then lit with oil. The festival actually celebrates the victory of good over evil. People are replete with celebrations and are filled with joy and enthusiasm as they welcome the goodness to prevail in the society. Everyone is happy and there is lot of exchange of greetings and sweets.
Hindus believed that this is the time the Indian god Lord Rama came back to the city of Ayodhya with his consort Sita and brother Lakshman after their 14 year banishment. The subjects in celebration light lamps along the road to show their joy and also burst crackers. So the time of Diwali sees everyone having a lot of fireworks and enjoying the glitz and glamour that is traditionally attached to this festival.
Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali which all the communities in business respect and revere as it augments the beginning of the financial year. The Naraka Chaturdashi is the second day of the festival of Diwali and it signifies the victory of the Indian god Lord Krishna over the demon Naraka. Then there is the third day which signifies worship to the Indian Goddess of Wealth Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that if one prays to Goddess Lakshmi then the full year would be prosperous. Then Diwali is on the fourth day when it is believed that the king Bali went to Patala and started his kingdom there. The fifth day of Diwali is the Yama Dvitiya or Bhai Dooj and it is on this day that the sisters invite all their brothers to come home.
Diwali signifies brightness so whatever darkness we have seen in the year is believed to have been wiped out by the lights that we light during this festival of brightness. It is believed that these lights will take us closer to God and the sound of fire crackers will announce to the world that we are strong and we have landed. It also signifies that we have to be aware of our inner conscience.