On this day, people spend the day decorating the entrances of houses & shops with flower studded strings called 'Torans' (Floral Gateways).
At night, effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakaran and Meghanad are stuffed with firecrackers and set alight. Children expecially enjoy seeing this because of the beautiful fireworks on the ground. The festival, which is thought of as the 'Victory of Good over Evil' and "Return of Rama from Exile' is celebrated in grand style. Because the day is auspicious, people inaugurate new vehicles, machineries, books, weapons and tools by ceremonially asking god to bless the new items.
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