So what is the significance of lighting lamps?
Falls during a new moon
These days, we lit lights which keep our house bright all the time. But in those days, it was necessary to lit oil lamp to get rid of darkness. It is because Deepavali falls during a new moon (ammavasai) and during this time the earth gets a less amount of light. Thus, lighting lamps were necessary on those days, which had turned into a custom over time.
It is also said that the light signifies unity. A light is capable of lighting other lamps without affecting its own light. And Deepavali is a festival which also emphasizes 'togetherness' among friends, families, and acquaintances. Thus, lighting lamps on Deepavali mean that besides lighting lamps to keep our home bright, we should also shed light on the lives of our loved ones.
This Deepavali, let's keep our old tradition alive!
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