Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights that is celebrated on the amavasya of Hindu month Kartik. It is said that lord Shri Ram along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman reached the state of Ayodhya on this day after killing Ravana. So the people of Ayodhya had decorated the streets with diyas in order to welcome them and lighten the roads on this dark amavasya night. This is considered to be the symbolism of victory of good over evil, light over darkness.
Also there are other stories around southern parts of India mentioning the destruction of another rakshyas (demon) Narakasura by a goddess. So, Diwali is celebrated signifying that victory. Anyway, whatever story it is, the bottom line remains the same — victory of good over evil.
The eastern states of India like Odisha, West Bengal observe goddess Kali puja on this day whereas the other states observe goddess Lakshmi puja.
Lot of sweet and savory dishes are prepared in all households. Family get-together’s happen. Coloured rangoli are spread for the prosperity at home. And during evening, people decorate houses with diyas, candles, string lights etc.
I too prepared sweet dishes and did Lakshmi Puja at home. Below there are some glimpses of Diwali celebration in my family.
A very happy, prosperous and safe Diwali to all wonderful people out there from flavour indulgence.