|Diwali Celebration in Uttar Pradesh|
Uttar Pradesh - one of the most populous states of India is also one of the most ancient cradle of Indian culture. Two great Rivers along with one mythological river that of Saraswati flow through this state. The Hindu Festival of Diwali is celebrated with great vigor over here. The state wears a vibrant color throughout the Diwali festival.
The beautiful Kartik Purnima festival or the Dev Deepawali celebrated in Varanasi or Benaras, is a visual delight. Varanasi is the land of festivals. The full moon night after Diwali falling in November - December is the sacred day for all the people. The ghats of Varanasi come alive with thousands of brightly lit earthen lamps. The lamps then are gently left on the River. Visitors throng in large numbers to watch this spectacular event.
The festival Diwali celebrates the homecoming of Rama with firecrackers and the lighting of earthen lamps. Ramlila performances during Dussehra commemorate this joyous event as well. Traditionally the characters of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Shatrughan and Bharat are played by Brahmin boys who are trained by the liladhari, the leader of the troupe. These are zestfully celebrated with song, dance, and merriment; others with solemnity, fervor, fast, or feast. These fairs and festivals help the people keep the culture vibrant and promote artistic activities.