Introduction: Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. Diwali is an important festival of the Hindus. It is a five-day long festival that starts on Dhanteras and ends on Bhai-dooj. It is held on the fifteenth day of Kartik month.
How Celebrated: People clean their houses before Diwali. They wear new clothes on this day. In the night people illuminate their houses with rows of small earthen lamps (known as Diya in Hindi). In big towns people illuminate their houses with electric bulbs instead of earthen lamps.
According to the Hindu religious belief, Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, pays a visit to each house on the night of the Diwali. She bestows her blessings on the houses that are neat and clean. In the night people perform the Puja of the goddess and distribute sweets. In West Bengal, Kali Puja is performed on the night of the Diwali.
Some people also indulge in gambling on this day. Boys purchase toys and feel very happy. They also purchase paper-lanterns and light lamps in them. Some people make a display of fireworks during Diwali Festival.
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Advantages and Disadvantages: On the occasion of Diwali festival all the houses are repaired and cleaned at least once a year. But there are disadvantages too. Many people lose a lot of money in gambling and have to suffer in the future. The fireworks also cause injuries to some people.