Perhaps, the greatest gift our ancestors have given us is our ethnicity. Our cultural heritage is so strong that even in an era where modernization has swept the whole world off its feet, it continues to keep us attached to our cultural roots. One such leaf from the tree filled with our cultural values, is Diwali. Diwali, celebrated in the last quarter of each year is claimed to be first celebrated by the residents of the kingdom ‘Ayodhya’, to mark the return of their king ‘Rama’, a prominent mythological figure, after an exile spanning fourteen years. Diwali, also known as ‘The festival of lights’, is celebrated grandly across all corners of the country irrespective of the ethnic and cultural differences. This auspicious festival is observed for a period of five days. Some of the most widely followed customs during the period of Diwali include lighting up the exteriors of homes using earthen lamps, offering prayers to goddess ‘Lakshmi’ – the deity of wealth & prosperity, exchanging gifts amongst friends & family members, and bursting crackers. Varieties of mouth-watering delicacies, such as sweets rich in Milk & Ghee are also prepared during this period. An emotional aspect associated with Diwali is that it is a time for family re-unions.