Happy Diwali

Wherever you go - restaurants, supermarkets, shops - you hear "happy diwali" these days. People are dressed in their most prettiest saris and suits, streets are decorated with colorful baloons and thousands of flowers and lights. The streets are incredible beautiful decorated by paintings and candles. After sunset, you hear a lot of fireworks. People celebrating Diwali for three days. 

 

Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

     

In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.