Diwali is the most important religious festival of the Hindus. It is celebrated all over India with great pomp and show. It generally falls in the end of October or in the beginning of November.
It is celebrated in honour of Rama`s return to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Houses and shops are cleaned and white – washed for this colourful festival many days in advance. Sweets, toys and fire – works are in great demand. Children enjoy themselves heartily. They wear new clothes.
There is a great feasting. Gifts are exchanged with friends and relatives.at night people illuminate their houses with earthen lamps, candles or electric bulbs. Fireworks are also let off. Everybody looks happy and gay. Late at night, people worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.