Diwali, My Favorite Holiday

Mehak Saggu
Diwali is usually celebrated over five days, with the main celebration occurring on the third day. This year, we celebrated Diwali on November 12.

I celebrate Diwali and it’s my favorite holiday. Also known as Deepavali, Diwali is one of the most extensively celebrated holidays in India. The Sanskrit term "Deepavali," which translates to "a row of lights," is the source of the festival's name. It commemorates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali is usually celebrated over five days, with the main celebration occurring on the third day. This year, we celebrated Diwali on November 12.

In my house, my family pitches in to get everything ready for Diwali. My mom and dad helps with decorating, and we decided on the best places to put the colorful rangoli. It's like a little competition among us to see who can come up with the most creative and beautiful design. We use vibrant powders to make the rangoli look like a piece of art on the floor. When it comes to lighting the diyas, that's my favorite part. The soft glow from the lamps makes our home feel warm and cozy. We also hang colorful lanterns to add a magical touch to the atmosphere. Sometimes, we even make our own lanterns as a fun family activity.

As the day of Diwali approaches, the excitement in our house builds up. We started planning the menu for the special Diwali feast. Sweets are a must, and my mom is a pro at making delicious treats like ladoos and jalebis. The aroma of the festive dishes fills the air, making us all hungry in anticipation. On Diwali night, we gather as a family to light the firecrackers. It's a time for laughter and joy as we watch the night sky light up with colors. The noise of the crackers is a bit overwhelming, but the smiles on everyone's faces make it all worthwhile. After the fireworks, we exchanged gifts and shared our favorite Diwali moments with each other.

Diwali is about making long-lasting memories with loved ones and friends, not just following traditions. It's more than just a festival, and I look forward to it every year because it's a chance for us to get together, celebrate our customs, and create amazing memories that will last a lifetime.Stories from Hinduism are connected to Diwali. The well-known tale of Lord Rama overcoming the cruel demon king Ravana is one example. The celebrations in Rama's hometown were so great that the entire place was lit up with diyas, or small lights. On Diwali, we light up our homes to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

Families get ready for Diwali by cleaning and decorating their homes.Rangoli, or colorful patterns drawn on the floor, resemble a vibrant carpet at the front door. One of the most important Diwali customs is setting off firecrackers. It looks like a huge, vibrant, and enthusiastic party! But because they are concerned about the environment, some people these days prefer to celebrate Diwali without using loud, harmful fireworks.

Diwali is also a time when food is celebrated. Families prepare delicious snacks and sweets. And you know what? It's also the season for exchanging and giving gifts! Spreading joy, people exchange gifts and sweets with their loved ones. Diwali is a holiday celebrated by all people, not just certain individuals. Diverse religious groups also celebrate it. It's a time for people to get together, celebrate, and have joy.

Diwali is a celebration that captures the spirit of happiness, light, and togetherness. It has moved past its religious and cultural origins to represent peace, hope, and the victory of good over evil. Diwali is still a lively and beloved festival that brings together people in celebration and shared happiness as the diyas light up homes and the firecrackers light up the night sky.