Deepavali (or Diwali) is the Festival of lights. It is an important festival in India occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festival of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes, which majorly includes putting up lights candles all over the place and bursting crackers after the traditional prayer.
According to Hindu mythology, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil as we light the moonless night with lights. (yes, its always moonless -that i now realize i forgot to mention!) It is also the new year in Hindu traditional calender.
This year on 5th Nov, was Deepavali. I was in my hometown, Lucknow. And if you wish to know the craze of this festival in India.. Satellite view of Indian subcontinent on a Diwali night “Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) portrayal of the subcontinent of India, which superimposes night lights on a daytime background image; the cities show up in light yellow”
And Locally, it looks like this (more or less) :)
My friend was grateful enough to allow me to put this (overhead) pic up on my blog. Thanks a lot Tanmmay.