How I do Lakshmi Puja living outside of India

Diwali is just around the corner… it is important to start preparing a week in advance. As a child, I would watch my mother deep clean the house a week before Diwali, making it ready for “Lakshmi Pravesh” (the entering of Goddess Lakshmi inside the home).  Lakshmi is symbolized as the Goddess of Abundance, and more so of Wealth and Prosperity.  So, it was an important ritual every year to prepare for Diwali and give Her a welcome fit for a Goddess.