Diwali – the Festival of Lights

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Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and show in various parts of not only India, but the world. It is known as the festival of lights. It is one of the biggest and brightest festivals of India. It is usually celebrated for 5 long days with many rituals. It is celebrated in the month of October or November on the 15th day of the month Kartika of the Hindu calendar. Here are the top 5 facts on this festival. Have a look.

1. Essence

Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. It marks the victory of good over evil. It is also known as Deepavali. The lights reflect the significance of knowledge and enlightenment in the lives of the individuals. The enthusiasm and exuberance to celebrate this festival mark help in dispelling darkness and evil from the individuals. This festival commemorates unity in diversity, success and victory. It is celebrated with family and friends with a lot of gaiety, joy, happiness and vigor.

2. Mythological Significance

The festival has a lot of mythological significance. Lord Rama returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya after 14 years of exile by defeating Ravana, the Demon of Lanka. The whole kingdom was decorated beautifully with lights. It is also associated with Goddess Kali, who was born on this day and rescued Earth from the hands of the devils. Lord Krishna killed the demon of filth and dirt, Narkasura on this day. It is celebrated for the return of the Sikh Guru Hargobindji from captivity for his love for the religion, Sikhism.

3. Rituals

This Festival is celebrated for five long days. Each day is celebrated with ceremonious occasions. The first day is celebrated as Dhanteras (worship of Goddess Lakshmi for bringing wealth and prosperity). The second day is celebrated as Choti Diwali (expel the evil energy and worship the victory of goodness). The third day is celebrated as Deepavali (illuminate the lives of people and bring joy to all). The fourth day is celebrated as the Govardhan Puja (worship Lord Govardhan). And, the fifth day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj (honor the love bonding of brothers and sisters). These are the various rituals celebrated all across unitedly.

4. Things to Do

There are a lot of things people do during Diwali. Have a look here. This is the time of the year, when people resolves conflicts and embrace each other whole-heartedly. People do rangoli (creative art) with different colors outside their homes. They plan holidays to visit various places with families and friends. People clean their houses, decorate their homes with candles, diyas (earthen pots), colored bulbs and lights. They wear new dresses and present beautiful gifts to their relatives and friends. The homecoming of the families become warmth and full of life and vibrancy.

5. Things Not to Do

We all wish for a happy and safe Diwali. Also, we’re looking forward for clean Deepavali as well. So, it is requested not to burn crackers. This is because; crackers pollute the environment too much. Instead, decorate the house beautifully with various colors of lights. Be safe while lighting the candles and diyas. Don’t get into any conflicts unnecessarily. It is a festival of happiness. And, be happy and keep others happy.

These are some of the facts on this festival of lights. Enjoy this festive season with a lot of smile, exuberance, excitement and joy. Wish you all a very Happy Diwali to one and all.

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