GUWAHATI, Oct 23 � Assam, across its length and breadth, was illuminated on the joyous and auspicious occasion of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Thursday. The preparations for this festival, which began a week back in the State, culminated in gaiety, colourful decorations of homes and commercial establishments, bursting of crackers and distribution of sweets.
The celebration, which symbolizes the victory of good over evil commemorating Lord Rama�s return to his kingdom after completing 14 years in exile, evoked high enthusiasm among all citizens as people participated in the festivities cutting across all barriers of caste, creed and language.
This festival is reflective of the age-old Indian philosophy of vanquishing ignorance and darkness with the light of knowledge and despite commercialism making foray into the celebration, the traditional fanfare was still retained. The citizens celebrated the festival by following all the rituals with devotion and their joy spilled out embracing all in their neighbourhood.
The different localities wore a festive look as individual houses were decorated with rows of earthen lamps and decorative bulbs. The homes were also decorated with beautiful rangolis and the traditional motifs for making these rangolis were retained as they are regarded as channels of good luck.
Sweets made at home were distributed in the neighbourhood and in many localities people also thronged the pandals and temples where Goddess Kali was worshipped.
The sound of crackers was audible all through the night as citizens chose to keep awake and continue the celebration.