GUWAHATI, Oct 27 - Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm across the State along with the rest of the country today.
Kali Puja was also observed across temples and thaans in the tithi of amavasya.
Lighting of earthen lamps and sparklers of various hues, and bursting of crackers, marked the festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil, as devotees worshipped the goddess of wealth Lakshmi for prosperity and good luck.
While the youths celebrated the festival with great enthusiasm, bursting crackers and lighting colourful fireworks that lit up the evening skyline, devotees performed pujas at home and at temples.
Decorating and illuminating homes being an integral part of the festivities, colourful alpana (decorative patterns and motifs) adorned the floors even as dazzling lights illuminated houses and buildings.
People in the city celebrated the festival with pomp and gaiety. The city skyline since evening wore a spectacular look, with many buildings, especially multi-storey apartments, beaming with dazzling illumination.
Many apartments in the city also arranged for a community celebration of the festival, with various cultural activities and competitions among women and children. People greeted each other and exchanged sweets and dry fruits.
Sweet shops and shopping malls offering eye-catching festive deals also did brisk business during Diwali.