Its festive season in India.
Popularly known as the “Festival of Lights,” Diwali is a five day South Asian festival celebrated mainly by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world. Its one of the important festivals in India.
During Diwali, homes and streets are decorated with small oil lamps made of clay. Colourful fireworks dazzle the night sky turning it into a kaleidoscope of myriad hues. Families feast on fabulous sweets and other mouth watering Indian delicacies.
Its a belief in the Hindu Mythology “Ramayana” that Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita after spending 14 years of their life in exile.
To honour and rejoice the return of their king, the people of his kingdom (Ayodhya) lit his path with oil lamps to guide him on his way. Thus began the tradition of decorating homes and public spaces with earthenware oil lamps to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness.
Furthermore, Diwali is also linked to the celebration of Goddess Lakshmi, who is venerated amongst Hindus as the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Diwali also celebrates the beginning of a new business year, and wishes for a healthy, happy one. So it’s also customary to forgive past transgressions and hope for prosperity in the months ahead.
Backpackways would like to wish all readers a very happy and a prosperous Diwali.