Diwali, one of the most prominent Hindu festivals of India, is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. During this festival of lights, houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves. People wear new clothes, participate in family puja, burst crackers, and share sweets with friends, families, and neighbors.
- To celebrate the return of Lord Rama, the people of Ayodhya lit the entire kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
- There are four days of Diwali, the Diwali dates, each have their own significance, especially as Diwali in India is celebrated in many forms.
- The first day of the festival is known as Naraka Chaturdasi, commemorating the vanquishing of Naraka, the demon by Lord Krishna.
- The second day of Diwali is Amavasya, marking the worship of goddess Lakshmi.
- The third day of Diwali is Karika Shudda Padyami, when Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth.
- The fourth day is Yama Dvitiya, more popularly known as Bhai Dooj. It is on this day that sisters invite brothers to their homes.
- Homes decorated with fancy lights, candles and clay lamps, bustling shops and markets, and fireworks and crackers.