Diwali-the festival of lights

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Diwali is the festival of lights. The whole of India celebrates this colorful festival with so much of joy and happiness. The word Diwali means group of lights.

The mythological story behind  celebration of this festival is the killing of demon Narakasura by , Goddess Satyabhama, one of the eight wives of Lord Sri Krishna. People celebrate the death of the demon and welcome new hopes and happiness by lighting lamps and offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to bring fortunes to one’s family. The day on which the demon was killed is celebrated as Narakachaturdasi and the following day is Diwali.

Relatives and family members gather and special sweets made of milk, sugar and kova and are distributed among friends and relatives.

Find traditional diwali recipes here

In the evening, lamps are lit and houses are decorated with as many lamps as possible to invite the goddess of fortune, Srilakshmi devi into homes and special worship is done to her idol. Some families organize bommala koluvu ( an arrangement of toys and idols made of clay) and invite all their neighbors to their houses.Crackers are fired and the sky, that night which is a new moon day by Hindu calendar,glows with the colors of crackers and looks so delightful.

 

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Decoration of rangoli with lamps in front of our house last year. This year we have a very large open area since we moved to an independent house and am planning how beautifully to decorate my rangoli with colors and lamps!!!

 

This year Naraka Chaturdhi and Diwali falls on 22nd and 23rd October respectively.

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