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Diwali Tradition of Fireworks
The festival of Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil as on this very day lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after killing demon Ravan and thus destroying the evil forces prevalent in the form of the demon. The comeback of Lord Ram came to be celebrated in the form of the festival of Diwali and the most important part of these celebrations is the tradition of fireworks. This tradition of fireworks has been associated with the celebrations of Diwali since time immemorial and is still followed with much enthusiasm.

According to the customary traditions of Diwali prayers are offered to Gods and this is followed by the exchange of sweets and gifts as a form of Diwali greetings. After the prayers have been offered and gifts have been exchanged, it is a time to indulge in bursting of Diwali.The tradition of fireworks is so popular at the time of Diwali as it is a common belief that the illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. A more scientific belief says that the lighting of fireworks on the eve of Diwali leads to fumes, which have the potential of killing insects and mosquitoes.

The tradition of fireworks at the time of Diwali light up the sky and present a beautiful scene of lights and sound on the sky. The magic of the fireworks is so great that people from every age group and every social strata love to participate in the tradition of fireworks at the time of Diwali.

Another legend associated with celebrations of Diwali in India and more famous in Maharashtra and Mysore is of the legendary king Bali who was immensely popular for his generosity. However the success of king Bali became an issue of fear for the gods who prayed to Lord Vishnu for destroying king Bali. Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of a dwarf Brahmin and asked king Bali for as much land as he would be able to cover with his three steps. Looking at the stature of the Brahmin the king Bali readily agreed.

At this Lord Vishnu took the form of a large giant and covered the whole of earth and heaven with his two foot steps. On asking for the place of keeping his third step, king Bali happily placed his head under the footstep of the Lord who pushed him into the underworld. But being pleased with his generosity Lord Vishnu granted him a boon of being able to visit his kingdom once a year. According to a common belief it is during the celebrations of Diwali only when king Bali comes on earth to visit his kingdom.

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