Diwali - Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important Hindu festival. The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras. Doorways are hung with strings of mango leaves and marigolds. Rangolis are drawn with different coloured powders to welcome guests. Oil lamps are arranged in and around the house. Because of these flickering lamps, the festival has acquired its name Deepawali or Diwali meaning `a row of lamps'.
On the dark new moon night, Lakshmi, the radiant consort of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth. is worshiped. The day after the Lakshmi Puja, most families celebrate the New Year by dressing n new clothes, wearing jewellery and visiting family members and business colleagues to give them sweets, dry fruits and gifts.