The festival of Diwali is widely celebrated and eagerly awaited by people, as it denotes good prevails over evil always. Diwali is one of the most significant festivals of Hindus and is celebrated across India and the world. Hindus in North India celebrate the festival as Lord Rama's return to the Kingdom of Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years . And in the South, it is celebrated to mark the slaying of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna. The festival of lights holds great significance in other religions like Sikhism and Jainism, though for different reasons.
The festival of lights, Diwali or Deepavali (Rows of Lamps)is the indication to hope and inspires to take initiative and light a lamp rather than to curse the darkness. It’s the realization of the inner light or Atma that guides one in the right path even during the darkest of times. Light signifies knowledge, bliss and illumination.
The 5 days of Diwali glorifies & signifies the appearance of Danvantri with the Amrutha (long & healthy life), Krishna slaying Narakasura (good defeats evil), Lakshmi Devi marrying Mahavishnu (marital bliss & prosperity), Viswakarma Day or Govardhana Pooja (worship of instruments or Nature/Living Beings) and Bhai Dooj (bond between siblings). The joy of Diwali rituals lighting diyas/lamps, bursting crackers, new clothes, sweets and gifting increases tenfold when celebrated with friends & family. Ofcourse partying at Melas which bring the community together as one big, happy family!