Diwali is considered one of the most important festivals of India, and it is arguably the most beautiful one too, for being, as the name suggests, the ‘Festival of Lights.’ The real charm of the festival is usually evident in the night when citizens decorate their houses with diyas (earthen lamps) and turn on electrical lights. It's not just the houses, even famous monuments across the country decked up in attractive lights on the day of Laxmi Puja, considered one of the major days of the festival on November 7.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab looked stunning on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas, which coincides with Diwali. Devotees were seen placing diyas, giving it a truly ‘Golden’ look. The top portion of India Gate in Delhi and the fountain around the area wore a look of familiar colours, of the Indian tricolour, giving it an attractive appearance. The entire Rashtrapati Bhawan stretch was also excellently coloured with lights. The Howrah Bridge and the buildings around it, decked up for Diwali and also Kali Puja, displaying a visual of the Goddess and another which read 'Shubh Deepavali' in Bangla. Even the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai was lit up colourfully on the occasion of Diwali.
Not just monuments in India, even some of the popular buildings across the world got a Diwali makeover too. The Empire State Building in New York adorned an orange look for Indians, who live in good numbers, in the city. Singer Jay Sean and Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri were present at the event to unveil the festure.
Burj Khalifa, one of the tallest buildings in the world, showcased a brilliant LED display of diyas and fireworks before the ‘Happy Diwali’ message showed up on screens.