A Guinness World Record changed the owner: the northern Indian city of Ayodhya achieved lighting 301,152 clay oil lamps on the eve of the Hindu festival Diwali.
This substantially surpassed the previous title of 150,009 lamps achieved in Haryana on September 23, 2016. The event in Ayodhya was attended by South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, who is on a four-day visit to India, and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The majority people in India , Hindus, traditionally believe that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama, one of that faith's most revered deities. That vis why Ayodhya is one of the Hindus' seven sacred cities. One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn. Diwali is a five-day festival which coincides with the Hindu New Year. It celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. Those celebrating the festival also light traditional earthen diyas (candles) and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. The festival is also marked by large firework display. Each family celebrating Diwali will more than likely have its own favourite meal for the festival, and the food will most often play a central theme to the celebrations.