Diwali marks the victory of Goodness over evil. The day celebrates the return of Hindu God ‘Rama’ to Ayodhya after defeating the Deamon King ‘Ravana’. It is celebrated by distributing sweets, burning crackers and lighting traditional clay diyas. But that’s not all about it, here are some reasons that make this festival even more special :
Not Just Hindus – Diwali has a special significance for Jains and Sikhs as it coincides with the day on which Lord Mahavira attained Moksha and when the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind was released from the Prison.
Not just India – This day is observed as a national Holiday in over 10 countries including Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal and Myanmar.
Cleanliness Galore – This five day festival begin with a Clean Start. People keeps their houses and surroundings clean to woo Goodess Lakshmi, who wanders around looking for a perfect household.
Hindu New Year – Govardhan Puja marks the fourth day and is celebrated as the Financial New Year by Hindu businessmen, who clear all bad debts and close their financial books.
Celebrate brotherhood – The five day festival ends with Bhai Dooj, a special day that celebrates the beautiful bond between Brothers and Sisters.