Hinduism and Diwali
Diwali is one of the major religious festival in Hinduism. The name Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning " Row of lights". The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.
Light is a major symbol in Hindu culture, signifying knowledge and consciousness. Hindus incorporate light into Diwali by lighting lamps to keep darkness away from their hearts and to embrace knowledge and goodness. Lighting lamps is also done by Hindu followers to invite Goddess Lakshmi,( Goddess of wealth) into their homes.
Diwali is celebrated in honour of Lord Ramchandra because of this day, Lord Ramchandra with his wife Sita returned to Ayodhya after 14 year of exile. During this exile, he fought with demons and demon King Ravana. On Rama's return, the people of Ayodhya lit diyas to welcome King Ram and celebrate his victory. Since then Diwali is celebrated to declare the victory of good over evil.
Diwali is a festival of fun and happiness.
Diwali celebration goes on five days and the five days are Dhanteras, Narkachaturdashi, Lakshmi pooja, Govardhan pooja and Bhai Dooj. People worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, decorate their homes and offices with lights and flowers, cook delicious food, exchange gifts and share happiness.