why diwali is called festival of lights?

Diwali | The festival of lights

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, it is an event of light and colours. The Sanskrit word Deepawali means ‘row of light’. It is a festival which symbolizes victory of light over dullness, virtuous over sinful, knowledge over ignorance.

In the north, the arrival of ruler Ram to his realm Ayodhya subsequent to being in a state of banishment for a very long time was invited by illuminating the entire Ayodhya with oil lights.

Diwali also manifest the victory of morality over evil as king Ram defeated Ravana, an evil demon king which means that the darkness was defeated by the light. For Sikhs Diwali is related to the freedom struggle.

While Guru Nanak was fasting, a king tried to feed him meat, he refused to consume it.

People protested against this and were gathered on the front side of the palace with lanterns, candles and torches.

Soon the Guru was released by the king and this is the reason why Diwali is celebrated by the Sikhs.

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