Diwali is the most widely celebrated religious as well as devotional festival observed
by the Hindus across India to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after killing
demon Ravan, king of Lanka. Diwali comes on Amavasya tithi, i.e., the new Moon
night of Kartik month of Hindu calendar. It is not a single festival which
comes with a series of festivities to bring the cheer and happiness in the mind
One day prior to Diwali, it comes ‘DhanTrayodashi’, to let people buy gold, silver, utensils to cater their day-to-day needs, to invite prosperity. In different parts of India, it is celebrated with different names and fervour. In the state of West Bengal, it is named as ‘Kali Pujo’. People worship Maa Kali on this auspicious night to ward off negative energies around and bring prosperity. On the day prior to Diwali, it happens to be ‘Narak Chaturdashi’ to lit lamps in various places inside the house, dedicated to our ancestors.
In northern part of India, they call it ‘Deepawali’, the festival of lights, to worship Goddess Lakshmi Jee and Ganesh Jee. People exchange gifts and heartiest wishes to each other whole heartedly to celebrate the biggest festival of the region. This festival follows with ‘Govardhan Puja’ on the very next day and it is ‘Bhai Dooj’ on the day after to mark the love and affection between brothers and sisters.
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