December 12, 2016
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Karthikai Deepam also known as Karthikai vilakkidu is a Hindu celebrated as festival of Lights. It is mainly celebrated in Tamil region of the country with the aim to remove bad things from life and welcome new or holy things. On this occasion, liting the oil lamps are considered as auspicious. During celebrations, people lit oil lamps and make rangoli in front of their house. Few traditional recipes like Verkadalai Urundai (Peanut Jaggery Laddu), Pori Urundai (Puffed Jaggery Laddus), Appams, Low Calorie Appams, Pasi Paruppu Payasam (Moong Dal Jaggery Kheer) and Paruppu Vadai (Karthigai Dal Vada) are prepared at home.
When It Is Celebrated?
The festival of Karthikai Deepam is celebrated in the month of Karttikai which comes in mid November to mid December according to Tamil calendar, when the moon is parallel with the constellation pournami Karthigai (Pleiades). This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the sky in the shape of a pendant from the ear. The state of Tamil Nadu enjoys this festival for ten days. People wear new clothes and meet their relatives on this auspicious occasion.
How It Is Celebrated?
Karthikai Deepam is popularly called as festival of lamps. During the celebrations, rows of clay oil lamps are lit in every house which is considered as auspicious. It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva come into view on Thiruvannamalai hills. Therefore, people observe the situation by lighting a huge fire on the top of the hill by using ghee and camphor. The lightning at the hill top starts around 5 pm. Devotees feel thoroughly enjoy watching this by standing near the fire. A fair is also held, in which thousands of people gather. It is a famous festival in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, and Koneshwaram, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. In South India, this festival marks the bonding between brother and sister. For the well being of brothers, their sisters lit a lamp. During the celebrations, Kartikai chutru, made up of charcoal, is fire cracked. It is a homemade fire cracker prepared by youngsters and elders of rural cities in Tamil Nadu. In many South Indian families, there is tradition of gifting an elephant shaped lamp for their prosperity and well being. A variety of sweets and other eatables are prepared at home. People lit their home, workplace and market with oil lamps.