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A colorful festival that is celebrated by all Hindus worldwide is Deepavali, which is also known as the festival of lights.
This festival usually falls around late October and November. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate.
Hindus celebrate DEEPAVALI/DIWALI or the Festival of Lights with its own colorful and meaningful promise. During this festive season, the serene mood is enhanced by decorations with fancy diyas (little clay pots) and candles, rangoli (floor art work) sparkling fireworks, delicious gourmet food, ravishing outfits and joy.
The most important aspect of the celebration is the fundamental importance of pooja -- prayer and worship.
During Deepavali prayers are offered to God Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and for auspicious beginnings and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. The inherent meaning of Deepavali, its basic symbol, is conveyed through the worship and use of Light. As in various other religions Light is a unifying symbol to spread the message of peace and prosperity and global harmony.
A flame always points upwards no matter how we turn the lamp. Gravity has no effect on it. The flame of Deepavali reminds the celebrant to inculcate the higher qualities and to remember God and to work towards realising his own divine nature.
It is significant that Deepavali is celebrated on the day of the dark moon – the darkest time of the month. For that is when light is most needed. It is a call for a reawakening – a reawakening of the divine, the goodness inherent in man.