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Diwali -The festival of lights
Diwali which is also known as Lakshmi Puja is the Hindu festival of lights.Diwali Puja recognize the victory of good over evil. The significance of Diya’s or lights is for the celebration and hope. This festival comes every year in late Ashwin month which is around October month and ends in early Kartika which is November month.
Diwali is the festival of light and it also considered as one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. Diwali will be on 19th October 2017 this year but the preparation can be started around 1-2 weeks before,which includes buying new clothes ,cleaning of whole house,cooking sweets, painting your houses and organizing Diwali parties.
If we see the history or the story of Diwali than it represents the homecoming of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Lord Rama alongwith his wife and brother spent 14 years wandering in the forests and villages of India because he was given ‘Vanvaas’ by his father King Dasharat . But,the saddsest part was that towards the end of Vanvas, Sita got abducted by the ten-headed king of Lanka Ravana.He did this by acting like a Yogi and asked Sita for ‘Bhiksha’ (offerings). But,the biggest mistake what Sita did that while giving him biksha she crossed the Laxman-Rekha drawn by Ram’s younger brother Laxman and Ravana was able to capture her. This was the heartbreaking news for Lord Ram and to bring her wife back he declared the war against the army of Ravana and reaches Lanka to fight Ravana and bring his wife back. The victory of Lord Rama in the epic battle of Ramayana symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
This way Deepavali is famous for the homecoming of Lord Rama and the belief is that when the news of Lord Ram returning to his homeland reached Ayodhya, the entire city was lit with thousands of oil lamps (diyas) and decorated with flowers and beautiful rangolis. Since then, Diwali has been known as the festival of lights.However,to welcome the Lord Ram back to his home after a vanvas the people decoratde their houses with oil lamps, which is why the festival is also called ‘Deepavali’. This tradition of lighting oil lamps represents the victory of good over evil.
Also,in this day to welcome Goddess Lakshmi,people make beautiful rangolis, and Paduka (laxmi footsteps) on the entrance of their houses. In other parts of India,people perform the Kali puja on the Diwali day which takes place overnight. Diwali tradition also includes distributing sweets and dry fruits to friends, relative and neighbors to celebrate the festival of Diwali.
Diwali celebrations or traditions goes for a five days with each day having its own significance and traditional rituals . The beginning of diwali celebration is with ‘Dhanteras’, this day people buy utensils, silver ware or gold. The main belief of buying precious metal is that it represents a new “Dhan” which is a sign of good luck and prosperity. After this comes the Choti Diwali which is actually a preparations for the Badi Diwali. The next to choti diwali day is Badi Diwali, the main festive day . On this day, people perform laxmi puja, visit each other’s houses with sweets and gifts, burn fire crackers and spend time with their family and friends. The Govardhan Puja is a day after Diwali and finally the five-day celebration comes to an end with Bhai Dooj where sisters apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and siblings pray for each other’s well-being.
Hope you have a good time with your loved ones and get to enjoy some great food this Diwali. Here’s wishing you all a Happy Diwali 2019!