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Diwali (Deepavali as known in South India) is one of the grand festivals in India. It is associated with fireworks and distribution of sweets. The festival runs for three days. The first day is Naraka Chaturdasi. On that day the newly wed bridegroom is invited and all the people after a celestial head-bath (abhyanjana snana-with caster oil and soap nut powder) wear new cloth. The sankalpa (purpose of pooja) on that day is removal of fear of death. All immortals (chiranjeevi) gods are remembered and dedication to God of Death (Yama tarpana) is given on that day. Sun is the God of life who is recognized as Atmakaraka (In-charge of Soul) in Hindu astrology and he being weak (debilitated or being away from earth, causing winter) brings fear of death. On the second day which is Amavasya (no moon day), Mahalakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) is worshipped in the evening. Traders in Western India start their financial year from this day. The third day is Bali Pratipat (Padyami, as in South) is the celebration of pact between two kingdoms in ancient India. Bali was a good king in Kerala who was trying to expand to the North India. Aryans had made a pact with him and he was confined to South. This is symbolized in the story of Vamana, pushing Bali into Patala.
Spectacular display of firework brings happiness to many. But my youngest daughter, Ruby (she is four legged and some call her, doggie) does not agree. Animals are very much scared of the bright light and sound. They can not comprehend your joy you derive out of firework. Be kind to animals and birds. Ensure that you will not derive pleasure at others' cost. Take care your children, follow the safety measures strictly. Dressing up, eating sweets are one thing but do not forsake doing pooja. If you do not know the way it is done, recite Sri. Mahalakshmi Mantra ॥ ओं महादेव्यै च विद्महे विष्णुपत्नै च धीमहि। तन्नो लक्षी प्रचोदयात् ॥ 108 times. She is the Goddess of all Wealth like knowledge (Vidya Lakshmi), grains (Dhyana Lakshmi), success (Vijaya Lakshmi) and so on.