Guwahati, November 6: Along with the rest of the country, all the lanes of Guwahati have been decked up with glittering colorful lights, lanterns and diyas (earthen lamps) on the occasion of Diwali.
The festival represents the same symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that are light outside the houses to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.
Every year, the festival is celebrated with much fervour and enthusiasm.
Apart from decorating their homes and workplaces, people are seen making a beeline to the sweetmeat shops.
Roadside vendors are seen selling fresh flowers, decorative items, lamps, banana plants, idols of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha, diyas and other puja paraphernalia along the city footpaths.
Diwali is also a good time to catch up with old friends and family and enjoy a meal together. Firecrackers are burst and many people also buy new clothes, jewelry and gifts.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also took to Twitter to extend Diwali wishes.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) November 6, 2018
In the meantime, the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration has already issued an advisory. The sale of crackers at unauthorized places have been banned.
Diwali is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.