India is a multicultural land where various languages are spoken, may religious and customs observed, and may festivals are celebrated. Each festival has a religious or mythological significance behind it. All festivals are celebrated with enthusiasm and traditional gaiety. Children especially enjoy them a great deal. The family usually prepares for the festival well in advance. Clothes are bought, the house is cleaned and white washed. Everything begins to glitter and gleam.
My favourite festival is Diwali. It usually falls on the eve of winter. This is a festival of lights and sound. New clothes are bought for every member of the family and on the day of the festival the family prays together. Laxmi Pooja is performed.
Shop-keepers perform pooja in their shops as well as at home. People greet their relatives and friends with sweets and crackers. The shops on the streets are lighted with colourful bulbs and one always finds a crowd of people shopping there.
As the evening approaches the houses are lit with candles and electric lights. Children burst crackers. One hears the sound of loud bombs and smaller crackers from all across the city. Looking up at the sky one finds rockets and various other fireworks filling the sky with gaiety. The air gets polluted with gas that is emitted by the crackers.
Children are warned to be careful while bursting crackers because any neglect could cause burns. In fact the fire stations work overtime on Diwali because there are many cases of children and even adults getting burnt while bursting crackers and houses burnt.
Gambling is also common on Diwali day. However, this mars the spirit of the festival. People could simply play cards, but drinking and gambling could be corrupting influences and the purity and sanctity of the festival is spoiled when such activities take place.
Diwali is a beautiful festival because every house looks like a little palace with lights. It leads to goodwill and friendship and provides one and all with the opportunity to greet each other and herald the coming year with feelings of comradeship. People bury their old gradges, forget all ill feelings that they might have harboured over the year. Diwali brings peace and joy and this makes it my favorite festival.
My Favourite Festival
India is known as the land of festivals. Every festival has its own place but my favourite festival is Diwali. Every autumn I go to stay with my cousins, so we can celebrate Diwali together. Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival and people celebrate it all over the world. It is a magical time for children because of the lights. We light candles and lamps, called diyas, in our homes. All the streets, houses and shops are decorated with light. Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which means ‘rows of lights’. Diwali, the festival of lights, heralds the new Hindu years. According to popluar belief it is very auspicious to light up our homes on Diwali as it attracts Lakshmi, the Goddess of good fortune, wealth and prosperity. On Diwali, pandits also tell the legend of the Hindu god, Lord Rama. He had a beautiful wife, Sita. She was captured by the demon king Ravana. Lord Rama fought Ravana and rescued his wife. On Diwali, we celebrate Lord Rama’s return with his wife and younger brother to Ayodhya. It signifies that good triumphs over evil. People light lamps to celebrate Lord Rama’s victory. On the morning of Diwali, I go to the temple With riley family. On this occasion, we get dressed in our best clothes My grandmother always buys me a new sari to wear for Do’s every year. We spend a long time getting ready, putting on bright clothes and jewellery Lots of our friends come ,in My cousin temple and we sing, dance and enjoy ourselves. Y plays an Indian instrument called harmonium at the temple.
There are always delicious sweet foods to eat. This starts five days of celebrations, my favourite five days of the year.
Back at my Uncle’s house we exchange presents and eat lots of good Indian food. Many more relatives come over to celebrate with us and it is a very special time for families. If anyone has had an argument it is a good time to make friends and forget the past. Some people say that it is a sort of Christmas for Hindus.
The Asian community is very proud of their celebrations. There is very big crowd with music, dancing and fireworks. Diwali lights are switched on in the streets and we have a big party in the streets on Diwali day. Every year, Diwali falls in October or November. Not only in India, but also in Asian countries, Diwali is celebrated with great joy and happiness.