Diwali originated in India as a celebration of light, in fact the world Diwali comes from “deepavali”, meaning “row of lamps.” It is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs, although over the years it has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world. It is known as the festival of lights because in celebration people light many small clay lamps called "diyas" around their homes to represent the victory of good over evil and to invite good luck and prosperity from the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi and the God Ganesh, who represents good luck, wealth and Enlightenment.
Diwali is a national holiday in India, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Guyana, Surinam, Singapore, Malaysia and Fiji.
Celebrations carry on until the fifth day when Bhaiyadooj or Feast to brothers is observed. Here sisters invite their brothers to a meal, which includes their favourite dishes. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Fifth day is known as Yama Dwitiya or Bhaiya Dooj which is celebrated by brothers and sisters. Sisters invite their brothers to celebrate the festival of Bhai Dooj at their home.
The burning of fire crackers takes place in the night after Puja of Goddess Lakshmi. AT this day people exclude their bad habits and include good habits to get blessings for the whole year. At some places in India the day of Diwali is the start of new year. Businessmen starts their new accounts books at this day.
Diwali is the most favorite festival for all as it brings a lot of blessings and happiness. It indicates the victory of God over the evil power as well as start of new season. Because of the many reasons people celebrate it heartily with lots of preparations.