Deepavali is one of the most important festival of India. It is known as Diwali in North India, which means festival of lights. The place is made luminous by arranging the lights and burning the crackers. It is a joyful day and is celebrated with special purchases, greetings and gifts.
The festival starts from the previous night of the Deepavali day. Hindus burn The crackers. They place the new dresses, crackers, any new jewellery, sweets and savories in the pooja. Early morning on the Deepavali day, they take head bath, wear new dress, burn crackers and eat sweets.It is very auspicious to take bath in the Ganges river on this day. The head bath is considered as Ganga Snanam(bath in the river Ganges).
It is also known as Naraga Chaturthi which is the day when the demon Narakasura, who was doing lot of evil, was killed by Lord Krishna. There we celebrate the death of evil with joy.
In Malaysia, Divali is known as "Hari Deepavali," and is celebrated during the seventh month of the Hindu solar calendar. It is a federal public holiday throughout Malaysia. In many respects it resembles the traditions followed in the Indian subcontinent. 'Open houses' are held where Hindu Malaysians welcome fellow Malaysians of different races and religions to their house for a sumptious meal. 'Open house' or 'rumah terbuka' is a practice very much unique to Malaysia and shows the goodwill and friendly ties practised by all Malaysians during any festive occasion.