Deepawali is a festival of lights, colour, happiness and a new beginning. On the Hindu calendar, Deepawali or Diwali is celebrated for the five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of Karttika. It will fall on October 17th this year. It is also the beginning of the new Hindu Calendar year. According to Sanskrit word Deepavali - ‘Deep’ means diya (small pots made from clay) or light and ‘Avali’, means a row - meaning a row of lamps.
It is celebrated all over India with lots of enthusiasm. It has various significance mythlogically.
In the North India Diwali is celebrated as a home coming of Lord Rama after Defeating Ravana after 14 years of exile
In south India it is celebrated as a victory of the divine over the mundane.
The Legend of Krishna defeating the demon Narakasura and freeing the women imprisoned by him is another instance why diwali is celebrated.
In Bengal Lordess Kali is worshipped. For the jains it signifies the attainment of Moksha by Mahavir. Lordess Laxmi to is worshiped for welcoming wealth, honor, and good fortune.
Diwali is celebrated for five days, the first one being Dhanteras which is considered very auspicious for buying gold ornaments and utensils. The next day is known as Choti Diwali which signifies a future full of joy and laughter. The third and fourth and fifth day being the main as on this day traders open new books of account and people meet each other, exchange gifts and clean up their houses. Small earthen lamps are placed outside houses of devotees throughout the five day feast. This practice signifies attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, and fame. Lightning a lamp signifies the victory of light over darkness, of peace over hatred, of knowledge over ignorance.
People of all age groups deck up and participate in busting crackers throughout the night. The children especially wait for this festival throughout the year. People decorate their houses and invite friends over. They prepare mouthwatering dishes like jalebi, dhokla, rasgullahs, shahi paneer and try to spread happiness in the hearts and houses of the less fortune as well. Every house big or small, rich or poor is illuminated on this grand festival which also happens to be the National Festival of India.
May this new year bring all happiness and excitement in your life’s. May the light of guidance take away all your misfortunes.
Farida H B
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