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Essay on Diwali

Candlelight, earthen lamps, colorful lights,  beautiful rangoli’s, the aroma of luscious sweets, exchanging gifts, gala time with family and friends, the arrival of the winter season,  and lots of happiness, marks the celebration of the festival of light.

Diwali: the festival of lights

Diwali: the festival of lights

India is the land of festivals. Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is one of the biggest and brightest festival celebrated not only in India but also around the world. Most noteworthy, people from all walks of life celebrate Diwali.  The festival observes the victory of light over darkness. This implies the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the acme happening on the third day corresponding with the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November. Translated literally from Sanskrit, Diwali means a row of lights. Consequently, there are bright lights all over the whole country during Diwali.

The mythology

Even though, there are various stories famous around the background of the celebration of this festival of lights. The festival holds great importance in Hindu mythology. According to the epic Ramayana, Diwali is the day of the return of the Hindu god, Lord Rama, to his kingdom Ayodhya along with his wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman. This return was made after 14 years of exile and lord Rama conquering demon King Ravana. Further, mythology says, the citizens of Ayodhya, has lit Diyas to welcome his return and this marked the beginning of Diwali. Some people also opine Diwali is the night of Lakshmi wedding. This night she chose and weds Lord Vishnu. While others believe, Diwali to be the start of a new year.
Diwali: the festival of lights

The preparation and celebration

Diwali preparation and celebration is done with great zeal and excitement. It begins with the thorough cleaning of homes, offices, shops, and temples. Brightly colored rangolis are drawn at the entrances to homes and offices. Their purpose is to welcome guests and to encourage Lakshmi inside. Tempting sweets add color and flavor to the celebration. People wear new clothes, exchange gifts and sweets with their friends, family, and neighbors. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops, and office buildings are brightly illuminated.
Lord Ganesha, the god of wisdom and auspiciousness is worshipped on the day of Diwali. People also believe that during Diwali the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, will visit their homes if they are lit, clean, and windows and doors are left open to let the goddess in. This beautiful festival brings prosperity to everyone. Merchants open new account books on Diwali. It is also marked by the burning of firecrackers on the streets and a flourish of ceremonial gambling in the home.

Beyond the mythology

The festival of Diwali comes in the month of OCT-NOV. This is the time when geographically, the western disturbances bring rain. Due to rain, the atmosphere becomes humid- a condition that supports the spread of bacteria and insects. In such a situation the fire of Diya kills the germs in the air. Moreover, the light of Diya produces magnetic changes in the atmosphere of the surrounding. These EM force produce henceforth lingers on the skin for at least three hours and activate the blood cells

Diwali: the festival of lights

This time, a safe Diwali

This light festival brings peace and prosperity to everyone. Diwali certainly brings spiritual calmness to people. Sharing joy and happiness is another spiritual benefit of Diwali. Children often celebrate Diwali by burning crackers. These crackers not only create pollution and harm the environment but also are insidious for the health of senior citizens and children. Animals such as dogs and cat often lose their hearing ability.  To avoid noise pollution, air pollution, unnecessary garbage, firing crackers should be avoided. Instead, a safer, happier, and more prosperous Diwali should be celebrated by spreading happiness.
wishing you a happy and safe diwali 
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