India celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour
“In the light of present scenario with Pakistan, this time India has decided not to offer sweets to Pakistan on Diwali,” BSF IG, Punjab Frontier, Ashok Kumar said.
During Eid festival too, no exchange of sweets took place for similar reasons.
Police and fire personnel were on their toes to meet any exigencies.
Diwali fever caught up the Bollywood with celebrities including Anupam Kher, Raveena Tandon who called on their fans to remember the Kashmir flood victims on the auspicious occasion.
With the environmentalists and government emphasising on celebrating a crackers-free Diwali, some celebrities urged their fans to have fireworks free Diwali.
In West Bengal, people celebrated Kali puja and Diwali, with fun and frolic.
Large crowd of devotees thronged Kali temples, including the famous ones at Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith, since early morning. People in large numbers were also seen visiting Kali puja pandals, illuminated with dazzling lights in the evening.
In Amritsar in Punjab, there was a large rush of devotees at the Golden Temple. They took a dip in the ‘sarowar’ (holy tank) and offered prayers at the Golden temple, the sanctum sanctorum, which was brightly illuminated with lights and the traditional ‘diyas’.