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Deepawali

In Punjab the Deepavali festival or the festival of light adds more light to its glamor, with a significant characteristic.

Deepavali or Diwali in Punjab is celebrated both by the Hindus and the Sikhs. Not only them, the festival is a time to get drenched in joy for anyone irrespective of religion, cast or community. The eternal festival of Deepavali is the symbol of victory for the good over the evil. The meaning of Deepavali is the decoration of lamps and the festival is really marked with people decorating their outdoors with Diyas or lamps. Deepavali is celebrated on thirteenth day of the Hindu month of Aswin, which falls generally in the month of October or November. The festival is observed twenty days after the festival of Dussehra.

On the day of the Diwali, the goddess of wealth and prosperity – Devi Laxmi is worshiped. Some people also worship Lord Ganesha, the respected god of wisdom. People burst crackers and lit fire works with great enthusiasm. They wear new clothes and especially the children have a gala time. The people of Punjab give fresh coats of paint to their houses, decorate their floors and walls with rangoli and invite their relatives and friends. The temples and gurudwaras get adorned with fantastic illuminations presenting a wonderful sight in the darkness of the no moon night. The light and glow of Diwali wins over the darkness, truly.

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