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October 21, 2011
Diwali is one of the most important, awaited and well known Hindu festival of the year in India. The word Diwali means "Rows of Lighted Lamps" and the festival is also fondly called the "Festival of Lights" as people celebrate it by lighting Diyas (oil lamps), candles and more recently halogen lights and bursting fire crackers. The festival of diwali has many legend associated with it and is spreed over 5 days of festivites, namely -Dhanteras, choti Diwali, Diwali Govardhan Pooja and Bhai Dooj. Diwali is celebrated with equal enthusiasm all through India, though the significance of the festival may vary according to region.
Diwali in Delhi
In Delhi Diwali is celebrated at a very large scale. People start preparing for Diwali weeks in advance by cleaning their homes, buying gifts and new clothes. On the night of Diwali people perform Lakshmi Puja and then visit their families and friends and exchange gifts and burst fire crackers.
Diwali in Mumbai
Diwali in Mumbai is celebrates with the same vigour that it is celebrated with around the rest of the country. Many people buy news homes and vehicles as it is considered to b a very auspicious time. People wake up early in the morning and massage their bodies with scented oil and use Utanah instead of soap while bathing. This special bath is referred to as Abhyang Snan.
Diwali in Kolkata
Diwali in Kolkata takes on the form of Kali Puja. In Kolkata, the celebration of Kali Puja is considered to be the second most important after Durga Puja and is celebrated every year on the new day of the Hindu month, Ashwin, in Bengal. Unlike the rest of the country who worship Lakshmi on Diwali, Kali is revered in West Bengal.
Diwali in Chennai
In Chennai Diwali is celebrated as Deepavali and the day begins with a visit to the temple, and lighting deepamís in the night and bursting firecrackers, wearing new clothes and sharing sweets. The city Sivakasi is the capital of the fireworks industry in the country and produces 90% of the countryís fireworks.
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Diwali in Bangalore
In Banglore Diwali is celebrated by buying new clothes for the family, cleaning the house and distributing sweets. The hours before dawn and dusk are preferred as this is the best time to light diyas and candles given the less natural light. Hence on Diwali day in Bangalore, people rise early and go to bed late.
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