Happy Deepavali to all.
May the spirit of light illuminate the world.
Deepavali, (also known as Diwali), is popularly known as the "Festival of lights". It is one of the most important festivals of India, celebrated all over the country. Indians staying outside India also celebrate this festival.
Houses are thoroughly cleaned to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. The lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil, kept outside the house, signifies the triumph of good over evil. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during this time. Firecrackers are burst during Diwali to drive away evil spirits.
People celebrate Diwali wearing new clothes and sharing sweets and snacks with family members and friends, for three days.
Naraka Chaturdashi (Nov.2nd) is the day on which the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna. It signifies victory of good over evil and light over darkness.
Lakshmi Pooja (Nov.3rd) - Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesh, God of auspicious beginnings, are worshipped on this day to welcome prosperity and well-being.
Bali Padyami (Nov.4th) - is the day to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu in his dwarf form called Vamana over the demon king Bali, who was pushed into the nether world.
A festive look can be seen everywhere. Schools, Colleges and Offices are closed on these days.