Diwali is one of the most important, widely celebrated Hindu Festival. It is popularly known as “Festival of Lights”, as lighting of oil lamps is one of the most important ritual associated with Diwali, initially called as “Dipavali”.

According to the Hindu Mythology, this day is associated with Lord Rama coming back to Ayodhya after serving 14 years of exile. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Rama with oil lamps being lighted across the nook and corner of Ayodhya. This day marks the victory of “Good over Evil”.

Some of the rituals associated with the festival are lighting of oil lamps, burning crackers, offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, and exchanging sweets among relatives and friends.

According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day that marks the end of Ashwin and beginning of Kartik month.

In 2011, it will fall on 26th October.

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