People across the entire nation were busy preparing for Diwali, one of the most awaited festivals of the year, in their own ways on Tuesday. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, will be celebrated on Thursday. Schoolchildren in Gujarat's Vadodara prepared post cards, greeting cards and painted earthen lamps as tokens of gratitude for traffic police, army and navy personnel. Police and security personnel should also feel that someone thinks of them, said a student. Meanwhile, candle makers in Tripura's capital Agartala are working overtime to meet the increased demand in market. Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana and rescued his wife, Sita. On this day, people illuminate their houses with different types of lights and exchange gifts with friends and family.