Diwali is the festival of lamps. It is also known as Depavali. It is a Hindu festival. Generally, it falls in the month of October.But the exact date varies from year to year.. Diwali celebrates the home-coming of Rama after he had defeated the demon king Ravana.
Diwali is an occasion for great rejoicing. In the morning of the Diwali day every family is busy since very early in the morning. People put on new clothes. Visits are exchanged between friends and relations. Gifts are given and taken. In the evening rows of earthen lamps are lit on every house-front. On this day, prayers for success and prosperity are offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
How I observed it:
This time in the day of Diwali. I was with my brother at Cuttack. I and my brother's children were busy in decorating the building of my brother. We hung many kinds of photos on the wall. We fitted colour bulbs to the front-wall of the house. Besides, we placed a number of earthen lamps on the roof-top. In the evening we lit the electric bulbs and the earthen lamps. The sight was very magnificently bright. In the evening we hired two rickshaws. The whole family had a round inside Cuttack. The Nayasark appeared the best in decoration. We enjoy the sight. We enjoyed the fire works here and there at Cuttack.
Diwali is a very amusing festival. Some people attach scientific value to this occasion. They say that the harmful worms and insects are destroyed in the lamps burning. Really, we saw that a large number of worms were dying in the lamps. At every spot of celebration. But were they really harmful?