Diwali – A festival of lights

Diwali – A festival of lights

Diwali – A festival of lights

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Diwali, the festival of happiness joy and lights, is a religious observance commemorated by Sikhs, Jains, Hindu and some Buddhists around the whole world. Every autumn, the observance sees the thousands of people attend prayer services, festive events and firework displays events in celebration of the festival.

While Diwali holds the significance for options of some reasons, one of the core themes of this festival, as symbolised by the prevalence of astounding lights, is the triumph of unique over evil.

Why we Celebrate:- One of the most unique and much-awaited Indian festivals of Joy, Happiness, and light is here. Diwali also know as the Deepavali, is amazingly celebrated across the whole India with tremendous and beautiful enthusiasm as it symbolises the victory of truth over evil. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Dipavali”, which means a line or row of lights, Diwali has been enjoyed and celebrated since time immemorial.

This Indian festival celebrated 20 days after Hindu Lord Rama killed Ravana(Vijay Dashami/ Dusshera) and rescued goddess Sita from captivity in Lanka. The enjoyment and celebration mark the return of Hindu Lord Ram to Ayodhya after a long time(14 years) of exile. To welcome Lord Laxman, Rama, and Sita, the whole city decked up, and the peoples decorated the Ayodhya with earthen lamps(Diays) to receive their king.

Here is the each and everything you need to understand and know about Diwali:

Lakshmi, The Hindi goddess or Devi of wealth, prosperity and fortune, is also celebrated in Hindu households during this festival. This year Diwali begins on Saturday 14 November on the Gregorian calendar. The occasion or celebration lasts for 4-5 days and coincides with the new moon on the Hindu lunisolar date/calendar, which is called “Amavasya”.

The new moon is the most critical and first lunar time, which is when the moon and the sun have the same aureole longitude.

Amavasya is also known as “one of the darkest night” among the Hindus and regarded as a mighty force for both evils, good.

This festival “Diwali” preceded by the Navaratri, another Hindu’s festival or occasion that is observed every harvest over the period or course of nine nights.

Navaratri also symbolises the triumph of evil and good and commemorates the Hindu goddess deity Durga, the goddess of war and happiness.

People will also routinely clean their workplace, homes, and the other relevant area in the preparation of Diwali. “In India every year. Houses renovated, often cleaned, and always illuminates with unique and sparkling oil lamps and fairy lights.

In this festival peoples also decorated doorways and foyers with beautiful, intricate patterns on the floor, Rangolis that designed and created using materials including coloured sand, flower petals, and rice.

How it celebrated:-

The enjoyment of the festival and celebration begins with people buying utensils and jewellery on Dhanteras. This a one of the greatest and encouraging to purchase kind of thing of metal as it believed to take in prosperity and ward off evil.


As the Diwali is a celebration of Joy, Happiness and light triumphing over the darkness, those who enjoy and observed this Indian festival decorate their houses with a plethora of happiness and lights.

The next two days- Diwali or Chhoti Diwali – are the most memorable and awaited days of the festival when people enjoy and celebrate the most. The evening begins after offering prayers and performing pooja to the gods. People then burst crackers and light diyas.

Sweets and gifts are exchanged during this festival “Diwali” as are good wishes and blessings for a “Happy Diwali”. During this festival “Diwali” some unique and different variety of traditional savoury dishes and sweets are consumed. One of the most delicious and sweet dishes is called “Halwa, Lapsi” and made from the large grain cracked by wheat, cooked with sweetened with sugar, ghee and cardamom powder.

The whole atmosphere reverberates in a fantastic and festival note. On the 4th day, Govardhan puja is celebrated and performed, and the Indian festival of happiness and lights ends with Bhai Dooj, which is very familiar to Raksha Bandhan as it is an enjoyment and celebration of love between sister and brother.

Diwali – A festival of lights

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