The festival begins at the end of the cropping season and is linked with happiness and prosperity. According to mythology, the annual festival of Diwali celebrates the victory of the King of Ayodhya, Lord Rama, over the demon king Ravana of the kingdom of Lanka. Diwali is the day when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshman, and Lord Hanuman, returned to Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile. On the main day of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi, or the goddess of wealth and prosperity, is worshipped. People exchange gifts, sweets and seek blessing of elders. The five-day celebrations of Diwali will begin with Dhanteras and will end with Bhai Dooj.
On the third day, people come together to celebrate Diwali. n addition to gifts, elaborate feasts and family get-togethers, Diwali is also about setting off millions firecrackers. Just before Diwali last year, the Supreme Court ruled only “green crackers” that emit fewer pollutants could be used. The industry is the biggest local job creator, directly or indirectly employing hundreds of thousands of people, many of them uneducated women, churning out boxes of crackers.