Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is marked with a different tradition.
What remains constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment, and a sense of goodness.
The tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it.
It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva.
Children are sometimes given candy or toys from booths set up for the occasion.
In southern India children wear flower wreaths on their heads or anklets of bells.
It is an opportunity to cultivate and enjoy eternal bliss.
In each legend, myth, and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil.
When the heart has considerably hardened, only a continuous celebration of Deepavali can rekindle the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred. On this day, Hindu merchants in North India open their new account books and pray for success and prosperity during the coming year. Employers, too, purchase new clothes for their employees.
Homes are cleaned and decorated by day and illuminated by night with earthen oil lamps.