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Customs and Traditions

No Indian festival is complete without its rich customs and traditions and Diwali, the biggest festival of the Hindus can't be an exception. The word "Deepavali" in Sanskrit means rows of lights. It is good to know that the traditions and customs haven't faded with time like the traditions of burning fire crackers, lighting small clay lamps, rangoli, Diwali pujas and gambling mostly prevalent in Northern India are still accepted by everyone. Rangoli is a traditional folk art originated in Maharashtra in India. People decorate their floors with different colors to complement the holy festive spirit.

Bursting fire crackers is associated with Diwali that brightens the night sky with light. Decorating households with light is another tradition that signifies the triumph of good over evil. The lights symbolize knowledge and divine joy with a hope to survive even in the dark times. Exchanging gifts and sharing foods increases love, bonding, happiness and joy form an integral part of the festival. On this day different Gods and Goddesses are worshipped according to different legends and mythologies. Hence, Diwali portrays the rich cultural and traditional heritage of India.

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