Diwali is the most prominent festival of Hindus. This festival is celebrated on the Amavasya of Kartik month. The dark night of Amavasya sparkles with innumerable lamps. Diwali is also called festival of lights.
Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, in this delight Ayodhya people welcomed him by lighting earthen Lamps. Lord Krishna killed the demon named Narakasura on this day as well. This day is also Nirvana Day of Lord Mahavir Swami. For all these reasons, the festival of Diwali is celebrated.
Diwali is a 5-day long festival which is celebrated by people with full joy and enthusiasm. The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras, the second is Narak Chaturdashi, the third is Diwali or Lakshmi Puja, the fourth is Govardhan Puja, and the fifth is Bhaiya Dooj.
On Diwali, everyone is very happy and gives food wishes to each other. Children buy toys and firecrackers, a few days before Diwali, house cleaning starts. People decorate their home. People buy new clothes, utensils, sweets etc.
On the day of Diwali people give presents to their dear ones with greetings such as sweets, nuts, cakes etc. People worship Lakshmi Devi and Lord Ganesha for their bright future and wealth.
Britain - The number of Indians in Britain is high. This festival is also celebrated there with great pomp. There is a temple of Swami Narayan in Britain where this festival is mainly celebrated.
Malaysia - On the second day of Diwali in Malaysia, people of other religions are feasted at home.
Mauritius - Mauritius has a large population of Hindus. On Diwali there is a government holiday there.
Diwali is a national and cultural festival of India. People of all communities celebrate this festival. During Diwali, people clean and dye their homes and work places. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi will bring a lot of blessings, happiness, wealth and fame to their home so people open window and doors of their homes. In this festival people decorate their homes and welcome their loved ones with Rangoli. The five-day festival becomes more dazzling with new clothes, aromatic dishes, sweets and firecrackers.