The entire India is geared up for the celebration of the most significant festivals of Ancient India “Diwali,” the festival of lights. The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains which signifies the triumph of light over darkness, justice over injustice, good over evil and intelligence over ignorance.
The celebration of Diwali varies across regions, yet the main objective of the festival is the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
People will light up their houses with colourful lights, and candles and decorate the inside and outside of their homes with diyas (earthern lamps). The celebration involves sharing gifts, sweets to each other and recites prayer to deities seeking happy and healthy life.
When is Diwali 2017 Celebrated?
Diwali isn’t celebrated on the same day of the every year. The date changes according to the position of the moon in the Hindu lunar calendar. Diwali is celebrated on the new moon night date.
This year Diwali falls on Thursday October 19th. Depending on religious practice, Diwali is celebrated on different days, the people of North India will celebrate Diwali on October 19th while the people of South India make it on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
The reason why South Indians celebrate Deepavali the day before the new moon night (Amaavasya) because they offer non-veg dishes to Gods.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is a five day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The traditional value of festive dates back to Ancient India that that signifies the honor of Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu. It is also said that Diwali is celebrated to honor the return of Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman to his homeland Ayodhya after 14 years exile after killing Ravana.
In Southern parts of India, Diwali is called as Deepavali, Naraka Chaturdashi, Deepavali Amaavasya which commemorates the death of Narakasura at the hands of Lord Sri Krishna. It is believed that Narakasura, a malevolent demon, tortured common people and they prayed to lord Krishna to defeat him. The people then celebrated Narakasura’s defeat with sparklers, lights and firecrackers. This celebration has continued down the generations as Diwali.
Deepavali means “Rows of Lights” or “Series of Lights” which is also known as the Festival of Lights because people will decorate their houses and shops with candles and lights. The significance of lights in Diwali marks the victory of light over darkness.
How is Diwali Celebrated?
To commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, and Lord Krishna over Narakasura, a large firework displays of Ravana and Narakasura will be help up in different parts of the country. At the end, these dummy displays will be lit up in fire, marking the end of evil.
Also, people will light up traditional diyas (earthern oil lamps) to honor Goddess Lakshmi and that light helps her to make a way to their homes.
People will also decorate their houses with rangoli artworks. People participate in prayers and perform pooja and the traditional rituals are likely different from region to region. People dress up in new clothes and exchange gifts and sweets between family and close friends.
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