The country is a hub of religious and spiritual activities. India subsists on religion and the ensuing rites and rituals. The colors of festivities are most evident during the major festivals which usually signify an event or Godly phenomena.
Diwali the festival of lights!
The festival celebrates the return of Lord Rama, Laxman and Sita and consequently victory over Ravana the evil King of Lanka. This tantamount to victory of good over evil. Diwali or Deepawali is also called the festival of lights as firecrackers and colored lightening dazzle through the whole night. The buildings, temples and many offices are lit by colorful lights or traditional lamps the diyas.
Normally four days of festivity takes places. Dhanteras: This is the beginning of new financial year for most businesses. The second day is Naraka Chaturdashi, Lord Krishna overpowered the demon Narakasura and his on this day. The third day is Amavashya on this day Lakshmi the Godess of wealth is prayed to for a successful financial year. The fourth day is the most significant day with ritualistic evening prayers taking place. The spiritual meaning of the festival is victory of good over evil. Large effigy of Ravana who symbolizes evil are set to fire and complete destruction. The nights are spent bursting crackers and distributing sweets. Many people celebrate Bhai Dhuj on the Fifth Day whence sisters invite their brothers for celebration and feasting.
The dazzling colors and holiday mood makes this festival the most popular in India. Diwali is usually held in the months of October or November a per Hindu calendar every year. It is a National Holiday and people of all religions exchange pleasantries and good wishes on this occasion.
For traveler there are many resorts and hotels that perform the ceremonies with religious fervor. But the best celebrations take place in homes of Hindu families in the country. You can enjoy the revelry and feasting with your Indian friends.
The mythylogy associated with Hinduism and the mystic rites and rituals have deep spiritual and philosophical meaning hidden in them.