October 30, 2016
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Diwali is one of the brightest and biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India and some other countries as well. It’s the festival of lights. It is also called as Deepawali, deep means light and avali means a row i.e., a row of lights. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, and the third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival.
When Is It Celebrated?
Amavasya or ‘no moon day’ is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali according to Hindu calendar. This dark night comes in the month of Kartik after every fortnight; it marks this festival of lights and diyas. And according to English calendar, the festival generally comes eighteen days after Dusshera. It usually takes place in the month of November and December. Diwali celebrates the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom Ayodhya from exile after defeating the Ravana, demon king of Lanka. This day also marks the starting of the Hindu New Year, and many businesses in India starting a new accounting year on the Diwali holiday.
How It Is Celebrated?
Diwali is a five-day festival marked with firework displays and family feasts, celebrated by millions of people across the world every year. The festival is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, with its main theme the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. It is also traditional to clean homes and wear new clothes.
Indian sweets which come in a variety of colors and flavors are also eaten during the celebrations, as well as a range of rich savory and sweet dishes.
Houses, temples, all other place are decorated with colorful lights and people share sweets, gifts with their near & dear ones and recite prayers.
People light up diyas and candles all around their house. At evening they perform Puja in seeking divine blessings of Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth. After that, Firecrackers are set off to drive away evil and oil lamps are lit.
Although these days of celebration occur in many states, in north India, Diwali is celebrated as Rama’s homecoming and his victory over evil. In Bengal, Diwali is associated with the goddess, Kali and in Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi.
Regardless of the differences across the land, the actual theme of all places is the-the lifting of darkness and renewal of life and it is a happy festival of lights.