& # 39; Diwali & # 39 ;, the Light Festival, marks the victory over evil and commemorates the time when the Hindu god Lord Rama won the victory over Ravana and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya. Scroll down to see how people around the country celebrate the festival.
In the picture: People light earthen lamps on the banks of the Sarayu River on the eve of the Diwali & # 39; festival during a & # 39; Deepotsav & # 39; event organized by the government of Uttar Pradesh in Ayodhya.
Start of something new
The celebration starts with buying jewelry and utensils on Dhanteras. This is a promising opportunity to buy every kind of metal, because it is believed to ward off the evil and bring prosperity.
In photo: soldiers of the army keep earthen lamps at the LoC while celebrating the Diwali festival in the Sunderbani district. Meanwhile, the troops at the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets at the Wagah Border in Punjab on the occasion of Diwali.
To win evil
This five-day festival starts with Dhanteras, which celebrates and welcomes happiness, wealth and prosperity. People buy jewelry and utensils on Dhanteras because every type of metal is believed to ward off bad luck and usher in wealth and prosperity. Dhanteras is followed by Chhoti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Puja and finally Bhai Dooj marks the end of this festival.
Shimmer in the dark
The next two days – Chhoti Diwali and Diwali – are the days when the most is celebrated when people enjoy the most. The evening begins after performing the puja and offering prayers to the gods. People relieve DIYas and burst crackers. The whole atmosphere sounds festive. On the fourth day the Govardhan puja is performed and the lights party ends with Bhai Dooj, which is very similar to Raksha Bandhan, because it is a celebration of love between a brother and a sister.
In illustration: Residents walk in the alley of a slum illuminated by colorful lights on the eve of Diwali in Mumbai.
How to celebrate the feast of light
Cleanliness is next to Godliness & # 39; and nobody can explain this better than people who celebrate Diwali. The preparation for this grand party starts a lot with the people who clean their homes and offices. Then they decorate their places with flowers, lamps, lights and rangoli.
In the picture: houses on a hill are illuminated as part of & # 39; Diwali & # 39; festival celebrations in Mumbai.
Bandi Chhor Divas
Sikh worshipers gather to pay their respects while the light lights up on the eve of Bandi Chhor Divas & # 39; or & # 39; Diwali & # 39; festival in the Golden Temple in Amritsar on 6 November 2018.
Sikhs celebrate & # 39; Bandi Chhor Divas & # 39 ;, or & # 39; Diwali & # 39 ;, on the occasion of the return of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also had succeeded to 52 release political prisoners from the Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.
Break away from tradition
Although it is a tradition to crack crackers on Diwali, we now have to abandon doing so because of the increase in air pollution. We must strive to celebrate Diwali in an environmentally friendly manner and to respect nature. Instead of cracking squatters, we can illuminate diyas, decorate our home and our surroundings with fairy tales and spend a magical evening with friends and family.