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8. November 2012 by Admin 0 Comments

About Diwali


 

Diwali, also known as Deepavali or Deepawali is one of the most important, hugely waited and immensely cherished festival celebrated across India and in parts of Nepal. Originally, the name was Deepawali, which has its origin from Sanskrit, meaning “Rows of Deep”.

Over the years the name has been pronounced as Diwali, especially in Hindi, whereas it still remains Deepawali in Nepali. Diwali also popularly known as “Festival of Lights” is celebrated with great gusto and is observed as an official holiday across India.

 

Importance of Diwali



 

 


The festival of Deepawali is not only important to Hindus, but, has significance in Jainis, Sikhism and, Buddhism. For Hindus, it is connected with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and success over the demon Ravana.

On that day, he was welcomed to the kingdom of Ayodhya with rows of Deep, lightened throughout the kingdom.

Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness.

Hindus, also make preparations to welcome goddess Lakshmi by drawing Rangoli, and Paduka (footsteps) on the entrance that would allure goddess Laxmi to visit one’s home and bring prosperity along with her.

 

Customs

There are numerous customs and traditions associated with Diwali, namely, burning of crackers, playing cards, lightning of lamps, wearing new clothes, distribution of sweets, exchange of gifts etc.

 

Diwali is a Five Day Festival

Diwali is one of the best festival that has always united cultures, customs and religions in the flow of its celebrations. It is celebrate with great enthusiasm, happiness, dedication, excitement, feeling not only in India but also in most parts of the world.

 

There are age old civilization, traditions and rituals connected with it, that have still maintain their significance in the hearts of people. Diwali is a five day festival, with each day having its own significance, customs, rituals and legends associated with it.

This celebration is start from the day of Dhanteras and extend till the final day of Bhai Dooj.

The celebration of Diwali festival include wearing new clothes, preparation of delicacies, offering prayers, exchange of gifts, decorating houses and localities, lighting, organizing get-together and many attractions that brings the entire family together. The five days, with their respective rituals are:

 

First Day


The first day of Diwali is called the Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi. According to the Hindu calendar it falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh in the month of Kartik.

Goddess Lakshmi or god of wealth is worshiped on this day, and there is a special significance of Dhanteras for the business community it symbolizes new year for them.

Markets are flooded with buyers as it is considered very auspicious to buy new clothes and jewellery on this day.

 

Second Day

The second day of Narka-Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali is the eve of Diwali.It falls on the fourteenth day in the month of Kartik and celebrates the death of demon Naraksura by Lord Krishna. The day has a significance of bringing rays of joy and fading of all sorts of negativeness.

Third Day

It is known as “Badi Diwali”, and there is a tradition to worship Goddess Lakshmi after sunset on this day. People decorate their houses and offer prayers in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi to their houses.It is known as the “festivals of light” as on this day Lord Rama had returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile after rescuing  his wife Sita from the clutches of demon king Ravana.Oil lamps are lighted throughout the house and streets. This day is observed as a National holiday throughout India and many other countries.

Fourth Day

It is known as Govardhan Puja or Padwa. This day is celebrates the event of Lord Krishna lifting Govardhan mount. It’is normal to get ready a small mount of mud and decorate it with flowers and other accessories.

Fifth Day

The final day of Diwali celebration is called the “Bhai Dooj”. On this day, sisters apply Tilak on the forehead of their brothers and the brothers in return bless their sisters and promise to protect them throughout life. It is a very sacred day for all brothers and sisters.

Time to celebrate

According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day that marks the end of Ashwin and beginning of Kartik month.

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