Diwali or Deepavali means “the array of lights, it is a colorful festival
that is celebrated by all Hindus worldwide. Diwali, which is also known
as the festival of lights.
Hindus light oil lamps in their homes on Diwali morning. By
lighting the oil lamps, the Hindus are thanking the Goddess Lakshmi for
the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received.
The Hindus consider Diwali as one of the most important festivals to
Preparation for Diwali starts usually at least two to three weeks before
the festival. It is known that the Hindus will be busy cleaning their
houses to prepare for the festival. Some would even renovate their
houses to prepare it for Diwali. It is also believed that the Goddess of
Wealth Lakshmi would enter a clean and cheerful house. Plenty of
long-lost items are found and a lot of dirt is removed from the house.
Also the family will shop for new clothes and for accessories to decorate
their homes. Prior to the festival, Indian shops will be selling festive
items like Diwali greeting cards, sweets, Indian suits and flowers.
The houses would be decorated with oil lamps and children will play
with firecrackers to celebrate the festival. On the first day, they would
not go visiting but would stay at home to welcome the guests who visit
them. During Diwali, spring cleaning is done as it is believed that the
Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi would enter a clean and cheerful house.
Ásathoma sat gamaya
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
Mryutyor ma amritam gamaya