Diwali is one of the biggest and surely the brightest festivals of the year celebrated in India with full enthusiasm. Diwali is also called as Deepawali which means ‘row of lights’. Diwali is actually a celebration of good over evil and there are number of stories associated with its significance.
More importantly, Diwali commemorates the arrival of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and defeating the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the homecoming of their king, people of Ayodhya, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers. Since then Diwali is celebrated by illuminating plenty of diyas and firecrackers.
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Diwali is celebrated for four days and each day holds its own significance with its own legend. People start preparations of Diwali very early as they have to clean their houses, decorate it and prepare sweets for their dear ones.
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Diwali shopping is also another fascinating part of the celebration as we have to buy new clothes, firecrackers, diyas, rangoli and colours, sweets, Diwali gifts and Diwali greetings etc. Well, as online shopping is trending like anything Diwali shopping has become quite quick and easy deal.
So, let’s briefly look at those four days of Diwali. First is Naraka Chaturdasi when Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama killed the demon Naraka. Second day which is considered as the most important day of Deepawali is Laxmi Poojan. Third day is Kartika Shudda Padyami when Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth as per the godsend given by Lord Vishnu. The fourth day is Yama Dvitiya also called as Bhai Dooj when sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
The magical effect of Diwali with numerous lamps on the roofs and windowsills creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity giving a divine look to the whole scenario.