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¸.•♥ •Diwali Traditions• ♥•.¸

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This section on Diwali traditions contains information on Diwali rituals and Diwali traditions.

Diwali Traditions
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The literal meaning of Deepavali in Sanskrit is 'a row of lamps.' That's why Diwali is called the festival of lights. As we all celebrate it by lighting of diyas in our home. It is a tradition thatis popular in most regions of thecountry. Even today in this modern world it projects the rich and glorious past of our country and teaches us to uphold the true values of life.

Every festival of India has such glorious and rich traditions that are portrayed through its celebration. Diwali is associated with many customs and traditions. Like the tradition of rangoli, tradition of burning crackers, tradition of lights, tradition of Diwali pujas and Diwali gifts Tradition. One of the most curious customs, which characterizes this festival of Diwali, is the indulgence of gambling, especially on a large scale in north India. Rangoli is a traditional Hindu folk art; it is a kind of designs generally createdon a floor on special festive occasions. The origin of this art can be traced to the Puranas (works on Hindu mythology). It issaid that the tradition of rangolioriginated in Maharastra and slowly disseminated to other parts of India.

It gives a colorful look to the festival celebration.
The festival of Diwali remind us of the brilliant display of colorful fireworks which explode in the dark nights. The cities are famous for these. It is an unique part of Diwali celebration. Now it has become an inseparable part of Diwali festival. Exchange of gifts is another unique feature of Diwali celebration. Diwali encourage people to gather andsocialize with friends and family, exchange gifts and share home-cooked meals. The diwali gifts exchanged on this occasion reflect happiness, love and joy. Lighting of diyas is also an important part of Diwali celebration. Lighting diyas brings divine brightness and joy with the hope of finding light in darkness, achieving knowledge where there is ignorance and spreading love where there is hatred. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Diwali is also associated with pujas of different Gods. There are many legends and religious accounts toit. Lights and diyas are lit to signifying the driving away of darkness and ignorance, as well as the awakening of the light within us. That's why the festivalof Diwali is a true portrayal of the rich cultural and traditional values and customs of India.

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