The autumn festival of Diwali is celebrated in between the months of October and December on the darkest new moon of the year. It is also termed as “ Festival of Lights ”, as on this day every people, especially Hindus, lighten up their houses with lights including candles and diyas. It is celebrated in honour of Lord Rama . He returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya, after spending 14 years in forest. On this day, people dress themselves in their best outfit and take part in their family function. Celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, or victory of good over bad, this festival features fireworks, lanterns and celebrations.
Besides the above mentioned days, there are other important days that honour Lala Lajpat Rai, Bhagat Singh, Rani Laxmi Bai and many others for their vital role in India's freedom struggle. But the celebration is more at the state level, while at the national level, tributes are paid by the Prime Minister or the President of the country. The celebration is low-key, but in the past, memorials have been built and awards have been instituted in their honour. Though these are not government holidays except in specific states, it hardly takes away the import of the martyrs and the statesmen that led the country in the march to independence. Overall, it will hardly be an overstatement to say that India as a nation has several unifying festivals to bind its diverse culture and socio-economic hierarchies nationally.