Diwali or Deepavali (an array of lights) is the biggest festival in India celebrated by Hindus. Hindus all around the world celebrate this festival of lights. It is a celebration of Lord Ram's victory over Ravana, hence signifying the triumph of good over bad.
It is said that Lord Rama, after killing Ravana in Sri Lanka, entered India during this new moon period and finally reached his Kingdom of Ayodhya on the day of Diwali. In anticipation of his arrival, people lit the path to his kingdom with millions of lights, thus brightening the streets during the new moon.
People all around the country prepare for this festival. The festival lasts for five days, and before the festival, people clean their homes, family members buy new clothes and prepare fried snacks and sweets. Families and friends gather and wish each other on this auspicious occasion.
Day 1: The festival begins with Dhanteras, where people buy something precious (either gold or silver or utensils).
Day 2: People wake up before sunrise, shower, get ready, and wear new clothes. People visit family and friends.
Day 3: This is the primary day of Diwali. People worship the Goddess of Wealth - Laxmi. People burst firecrackers once they have worshipped the Goddess.
Day 4: This is the beginning of the new year, according to the Vikram calendar.
Day 5: This day celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters visit their brothers and exchange wishes.