Diwali celebrations begin with traditional enthusiasm

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Nashik, Oct 27 (UNI) The celebrations of Diwali, the Festival of Light, have begun with traditional enthusiasm here.

The festival started with 'Vasu Baras' yesterday and will continue till 'Bhau Beej' on October 30. Each day of the four-day festival has its significance, be it the worship of a cow and a calf on 'Vasu Baras', worship of Goddess Dhanvantari of 'Dhantrayodashi' and Goddess Laxmi on 'Deepavali', the main day of the festival.

Despite various problems such as the financial worries, political agitations, bomb blasts, rising incidents of violence and personal problems, people's enthusiasm has not dampened and they are busy celebrating the festival, which is known to dispel darkness from everyone's life.

People from different strata of society were seen celebrating the festival in their own way.

Markets are flooded with goods despite hard economic times.

Streets are crowded with people, who are purchasing many things such as clothes, crackers, home appliances, electronic goods and gold, considered as an integral part of the festival traditionally. Many are also enthusiastically investing their money in land and property.

This is also the time for many families to go on vacation as the educational institutions are closed. Many people visit Nashik, a city known for its religious importance during the festival time.

People visit places such as 'Ram Kund' for a holy bath and various temples situated here to seek the blessings of God on the auspicious occasion.

Truly, this is the only festival which is celebrated by everyone, irrespective of one's religious beliefs, across the country.

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