Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the most popular Hindu festival. It is also celebrated by Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Popularly referred to as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ it is symbolic of victory over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. There are various reasons for which this festival is celebrated but amongst Hindus, Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, after his 14-year-exile, in Ramayan. The customs of this festival include cleaning the house thoroughly, making sweets, wearing new clothes and lighting candles and diyas.
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There’s also a Laxmi Puja that is conducted in some households. It is believed that if people conduct this puja, then Laxmi- the goddess of wealth- brings in money and prosperity. Bursting crackers is also a popular activity during Diwali, although the act has been banned in some parts of India, considering the harm that it causes to the environment.
While other festivals such as Holi and Ganesh Chaturthi are more social in nature, Diwali is mostly celebrated in a private manner, where people prefer staying in and celebrating with family.
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