Maharajas' Express Blog

Diwali in India


“In India, Diwali is not just a festival to celebrate the home coming of Lord Rama after conquering the war of good over evil. It is not just about the festivities outward, but also about the celebration of the inner self!
The name “”Diwali”” or “”Divali”” is a contraction of deepavali which translates into “”row of lamps””. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst because it is believed that it drives away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.
Every street, every corner of India is lit up to announce the advent of good times- times that ensure we forget the old, and take a fresh start towards all aspects of life. It is this time when every place in India is cleaned to rid it of the impurities and sediments of old memories and welcome the fresh new start.
Apart from the cultural aspects of Diwali, it is also one of the busiest times in India for shopping! From delicacies to fashion couture, every aspect of the various regions of India come alive! It is often said that if one wants to visit the real India, the best time to do so is at Diwali. The celebrations bring out the colours and lights of India in its best form.”