Diwali (Deepavali), the festival of lights, falls on 'Amavasya', the darkest night of 'Kartika'. It is believed that on this day Lord Rama come home to his kingdom after a fourteen years exile and the city of Ayodhya lit oil
lamps to welcome him.
Sweets and gifts are exchanged between families and friends amidst the bursting of crackers. Doors are left open on Diwali (Deepawali) for Goddess Laxmi. The celebration of lights is preceded by several Deepawali Melas, where food, handicrafts and a
variety of earthern lamps and candles are sold.