India celebrates the Festival of Lights

New Delhi: Fireworks lit the sky, earthen lamps lined the houses and people greeted each other with sweets and gifts on Diwali. The festival also brought bonhomie between Indian and Pakistani guards at border posts.

The festival brought fun and frolic for children and youth as they burst crackers and lit fireworks. Families visited their neighbours, exchanged Diwali greetings and sweets. The youth also adopted the route of SMS and social networking websites to wish friends.

In New Delhi, people decorated their homes and shops with colourful ‘rangolis’, flowers and lightings and lit ‘diyas’ or earthen lamps.

In Amritsar, people paid obeisance in the Golden Temple, which was illuminated by fancy lights. Community feast (langar) was arranged for over three lakh devotees. On Diwali in 1620, sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib was released by Mughal emperor Jahangir from Gwalior fort.

People also celebrated Diwali in other parts of the country with traditional fervour and gaiety. Devouts thronged temples and offered prayers.

Bollywood turned to Twitter to greet the people and also to ask fans to go slow on sweets and crackers.