Wednesday, 21 August, 2019
Diwali, the Indian festival of lights

Diwali, the Indian festival of lights

 

Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, falls at the time of ‘Amavasyaa’, when the moon doesn’t rise and there’s darkness throughout. Light, being symbol of hope and positive energy, indicates the victory of good over evil. By spreading light in every corner of our premises, we try to eliminate the reign of darkness, about the night of Diwali. People decorate their premises with diyas, electric bulbs along with other decorative electric lighting fixtures, to make their surroundings filled with colorful light and also to make it bright and delightful.


What’s Diwali
Deepavali –
the very name of this festival reveals its meaning. The festival is all about the lighting diyas. Later the term ‘Deepawali’ became ‘Diwali’. Deepawali or Diwali is also known as ‘the festival of lights’, because on this day, people illuminate their home and premises with diyas and colorful lights. Celebrated usually in the month of October or November, Diwali bears significance in the Hindu culture in addition to among Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. The legends attached to the festival will vary for different religions.

Importance of Diwali
Diwali
is the Indian festival that brings a number of festivals with it. One to another, we obtain a chance to celebrate five ceremonious occasions. The people of all age groups and classes with equal zeal and enthusiasm celebrate Diwali among the Indians. Wearing new apparels and taking part in the different activities, which are related to Diwali celebrations. It’s a festival of celebrations for example lightings, crackers, cleanliness, colorful rangoli making, social gatherings to switch greetings and sharing sweets with your family members. Diwali is a festival full of spiritualism and religious activities, such as worship of Goddess Lakshmi, worship of Lord Ganesha, worship of Ma Kali, and worship of Lord Chitragupta and worship of Govardhan Parvat.

The celebration from the five-day long festival, Diwali, begins on Aswayuja Bahula Chaturdashi and concludes on Kartika Shudha Vijaya. The very first day of this festival starts with ‘Dhan Trayodashi’ or ‘Dhanteras’. After the Dhanvantari Trayodashi the second day is ‘Narak Chaturdashi’, which is popular as ‘Chhoti Diwali’. The third, which is also called ‘Badi Diwali’, may be the main day of celebrations of the festival of Diwali. People perform Lakshmi Pujan (worship of divine Goddess Lakshmi) about this day and provide prayers to her to bless them with wealth and prosperity. The fourth day of Diwali is dedicated to Govardhan Pooja (worship of Lord Govardhan Parvat). The 5th day is Bhai Dooj, the time to honor the brother-sister relationship.

 

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