Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), Oct.23 (ANI): Diwali, signifying the victory of good over evil is also a time when communal harmony is on show for all.
Take for instance, the town of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, where Muslim workers are actively involved in the making of fire crackers.
Deepak Kathoria, the owner of a fireworks shop, said that people from all castes, creeds, and religion are involved in the making of firecrackers.
He said that it did not surprise him anymore to find Muslims working earnestly to add joy to a festival celebrated mostly by Hindus around the world.
"Diwali is a common festival being celebrated throughout India. So, all workers present in the factory are of all castes and creed. They work with hand in hand with full unity. Whether it is Shab-e-Barat of Muslims or Diwali of Hindus. So, they work in spite of several problems due to competitions, increase in rates of chemicals and raw materials," said Deepak Kathoria.
A worker said that the Hindus and Muslims work hand in hand and they share the work during the festive season.
"Here, Hindu brothers and Muslim brothers are working. We all work together. We make the mixture and our Hindu brothers do packaging. All our brothers work together," said Rashid, a worker.
Diwali, which will fall on October 26 this year, is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety all over India as it marks the return of Hindu god Lord Ram to Ayodhya in northern India after he defeated Ravana, the powerful king of Lanka.
Legend says millions of lamps were lit when Lord Ram returned after 14 years of exile in forests and after he defeated Ravana.
Diwali is also celebrated in honour of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that Lakshmi, signifying prosperity, comes into those homes that are clean and well-lit. (ANI)