Divali FestivalDivali is the one Hindu festival that unites
the whole of India. It is traditionally known as the "festival of
lights". Small oil lamps (called diyas) and place them around the
home, in courtyards, gardens, verandahs, on the walls built around the
home and also on the roof tops. The celebration of the festival is
customarily accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of
fireworks. Diwali is an occasion for cheerfulness and togetherness.
Feasts are arranged and gaily-dressed men, women and children go to
temples and fairs, visit friends and relatives. Markets are gaily
decorated and lit up everybody adorned with new and bright clothes,
especially ladies decorated with the best of ornaments, captures the
social mood at its happiest. This is an occasion for young and the old,
men and women, rich and poor - for everyone to celebrate.