Diwali 'the festival of lights' being celebrated with its traditional enthusiasm across the country
The festival of lights Diwali is being celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety across the country today. The day marks the triumph of good over evil. Fireworks illuminated the evening sky, earthen diyas dotted houses and people exchanged sweets and gifts on Diwali which also witnessed bonhomie between Indian and Pakistani guards at border posts. Children and youths burst crackers and lit fireworks while families visited their neighbors, exchanged 'Happy Diwali' greetings and sweets. People also took the route of SMS and social networking websites to wish each other. The President, the Vice President, Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson have greeted the nation on the joyous occasion. People in the national capital are celebrating Diwali with enthusiasm and zest. The whole city is immersed in the joyous celebrations of the festival. Police and fire brigade have made extensive arrangements to ensure an incident-free Diwali. In Uttar Pradesh Diwali is celebrated in memory of Lord Rama's victory over the demon king Ravan and his subsequent homecoming to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. Indian and Pakistani forces at Attari border exchanged sweets on the occasion of Diwali today. Border Security Force's officiating DIG, Deby Joseph, along with other officers and jawans, gifted different types of traditional Indian sweets to their Pakistani counterparts. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has greeted Hindus across the country on the occasion of Diwali. In his message on the occasion, he said the government was committed to the welfare of the minority communities and to safeguard their fundamental rights, including the rights to life, honour and properties in Pakistan.