Diwali the festival of light

Every fall, the people of India come together to celebrate Diwali. Diwali is one of the biggest festival of the Hindu people. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, and the third days is the main festival day.
Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival and go off every night. Families will also decorate their homes with colorful lanterns and candles.
Colorful murals, or Rangoli, are decorated outside people's houses. These are artwork made of sand. The use of bright color powders with amazing Rangoli designs and patterns make its beautiful thing for decorating homes on special festivals like Diwali and occasions like marriage.
This is also a time when families get together. Mothers will spend days in the kitchen, working on elaborate meals for family, friends and neighbors. It is not unusual for neighbors to come over and share their food and visit!
During Diwali, stores are open still! This is a time that many women go out and buy new silks to make beautiful silk clothes call Sari. These are always brightly colored. It is traditional that on Diwali you wear a new traditional outfit.
Deepavali, or Diwali is a festival where people from all age groups participate. The lighting of lamps is a way of praying for good health, wealth, knowledge, peace, courage and fame.
To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. So, lighting a lamp symbolizes how knowledge can overcome negative forces like wickedness, violence, anger, greed, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering.
"Diwali." Diwali - Deepawali,Diwali Gifts India,Diwali Festival. Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India, Winter 2016. Web. 08 Dec. 2016.


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