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The spirit of the festival starts much before Diwali though - people buy new clothes, decorate their homes and shop extravagantly.
Instead of Lakshmi Puja as in North-India, goddess Kali is worshiped in Bengal on Diwali.
Says Manorama Sood, homemaker from Sector 28, "Since mountains are cold by this time of the year, Diwali means cooking rich food, holding a puja and lighting a fire.The highlight of the day is Lakshmi Puja and burning of kawha (dried grass or pine straw tied tightly with the bark of a tree, for which preparations go on throughout the day)." Toys made out of sugar, shaped-like animals, are also made for the puja.She adds, "And once the Lakshmi Pooja is complete, a sort of bonfire is lit up; kawha is burnt and waved in air to ward of evil.This is followed by a grand feast and cultural functions.
The festival of lights is special for more than one reason - the best being that even a single beam of a flickering candle can wipe away the shadow of darkness!
Though every individual has his or her own way of celebrating the festival, for a country that is an amalgamation of varied cultures Diwali has various flavours.