Give reasons why Diwali is celebrated by Hindus worldwide as a major religious festival.
For many Hindus, the celebration of Diwali is the representation of the ultimate good triumphing over evil. The festival is meant to commemorate Lord Rama's victory over the demon- king of Lanka, Ravana. It is representative of many elements that are dear to the Hindu faith. The first is that it is an exaltation of Lord Rama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, to represent the ultimate form of goodness. Additionally, it commemorates the defeat of Ravana, symbolized by the burning of Ravana is effigy. The lighting of lights is to represent this idea of good triumphing over evil. In the holiday, the lighting of lights also represents a welcoming of the Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity. With the commemoration of the defeat of evil, the lights are meant to welcome the prosperity and sense of hope that accompanies the triumph over evil. In this, the celebration of Diwali is vitally important to Hindus. For children, it represents one of the most joyous times, symbolized by sweets, new gifts, and new clothes to wear. Diwali is representative of so much in terms of hope and optimism for many Hindus.