India, a nation with multiple beliefs and ethnicities, is the most culturally diverse republic in the entire world. Be it the breath taking natural beauty of Kashmir, the imperial heritage of Rajasthan, the tangy flavors of Punjab, the vibrant Garba of Gujarat, the astounding beaches of Goa, the refreshing black coffee of Karnataka and the graceful Mohiniyattam of Kerala, India has it all to offer. What is remarkable is the fact that despite the vast cultural and traditional variations across the country, the one thing that unites every Indian citizen is the immense love for their motherland. Talking of festivals, there is one particular festival which is wholeheartedly celebrated by everyone, although the connotation might be different for all.
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is rightly called so. It is a time when people adorn their houses with lights, diyas, and lamps, which is unquestionably a beautiful sight, both to the eyes, and the soul. One can experience the true festive spirit, and can appreciate how Indians actually celebrate their fiestas. During this period, every street in the country is lit up with shining illuminations, and every house offers a welcoming rangoli. Rangolis are striking, vibrant designs made on the floor, often with flower petals and colors, and are a perfect representation of the jovial and colorful nature of the hospitable Indian people. Many believe that lighting up lamps and diyas helps Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, find her into people’s homes, and sanctify them with good fortune.
Even though Diwali is celebrated on a moonless night, also known as the Amavasya night, there is no insufficiency of light on the streets, and of enthusiasm in the people. The glittering lights in the darkness of the night present a bewitching spectacle. It is also the time when people wear new clothes, which symbolizes how they are looking forward to new beginnings and are willing to start over, and turn into the best version of themselves.
It is indeed the best time to visit the country, not just because of the happiness and enchanting atmosphere, but also due to the lip smacking food prepared during the festive season. There is never a dearth of appealing sweets like gulab jamun, laddoos, jalebis, and so much more. You can never have enough of the delicious sweets of India, and a mere bite always leaves you craving for more. It is also the time when children burst crackers, expressing their ecstasy which is in many ways similar to the colorful and loud fireworks.
The striking light, the exquisite decorations, the delightful food, coupled with endless fun and amusement is definitely not something you would want to miss! It would be extremely thrilling to have you all here to celebrate this festival of lights with us, to witness the exquisiteness of the culture yourself!
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