The Diwali Festival Of Lights
Diwali or the festival of lights is an important festival of the Hindus. It is held on the fifteenth day of Kartik. On this day people clean their houses.
How Celebrated The Diwali Festival Of Lights.
All men, both rich and poor get their houses whitewashed. In the night people illuminate their houses with small earthen lamps. Rows of small earthen lamps present a very beautiful sight.
In big townspeople illuminate their houses with electric bulbs instead of earthen lamps. It is the belief of some people that on the night of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, pays a visit to each house.
She bestows her blessings on the houses which are neat and clean and turns her face against dirty houses. This is why everybody takes care to clean and decorate his houses.
In the night people perform the puja of the goddess and distribute sweets. In Bengal, Kali Puja is performed on the night of Diwali. Some people also indulge in gambling on this day. Boys purchase toys and feel very happy. They also make a display of fireworks.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Diwali
There are many advantages of the Diwali festival. On the occasion of the festival, all the houses are repaired and cleaned at least once a year.
The insects which gather round lights in the rainy season are destroyed and the light of mustard oil makes the air pure. But there are disadvantages too. Many people lose much money in gambling and have to suffer in the future. The fireworks also cause injuries to some people.