Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Delhi(Indilens Web Team): Diwali is one of the biggest festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'.

Traditional Diwali Celebration in India and PM Modi's Wishes

Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival od Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.

The exact day of the festival is decided by the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or 'no moon day' is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali. This dark night comes after every fortnight and in the month of Kartik, it marks this festival of lights and diyas. As per the English calendar, the festival generally comes in the month of November and December. For all Hindu people, the festival holds an imperative meaning since the festival is reckoned with Lord Rama's victory as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana. The festival is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles to drive away the darkness of Amavasya.

Diwali Festival in India

Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Orissa, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka

Diwali Celebrations around the World

Mauritius, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Britain, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago , Guyana, Surinam, Fiji

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took to Twitter to share the link of a special page for exchanging Diwali wishes with people.

"Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page," he tweeted. @narendramodi

"Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page"

In another tweet, the prime minister said people could send their special e-greetings on Diwali online.

"Diwali is here! Send these special e-greetings and share the happiness and brightness of this festive season," he tweeted.

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