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One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness. During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.
The festival ensues with the day of Dhan teras which is believed to be the day of shopping, making it fascinating for the women and equally fascinating for the men across the country. People believe purchasing gold and a broom on the day of Dhan teras brings good luck.
The next day is Choti Diwali which is a day to prepare for the mega event which ensues the very next day. People enlighten their homes and workplaces with lamps that are filled with clarified butter. A mythological tale in the Hindu religion which associates the festival with the victory of Lord Rama over Raavan and the lightening of lamps as a symbol of celebration of the good over the evil. Other popular beliefs associate the festival with goddess Laxmi who is the goddess of money and is believed to pay a visit to the houses during the festival bringing prosperity into their lives.
The next day, Diwali is marked by Govardhan Puja and Diwali Padva, dedicated to a wife-husband relationship. In certain Hindu societies, the last day is marked by Bhai Dooj, who is devoted to the bond between brother and sister, whilst in other Hindu and Sikh craft societies, this day is marked as the Vishwakarma Puja and observed in their job areas, by providing prayer.
Some other faiths in India also celebrate their respective festivals alongside Diwali. The Jains observe their own Diwali, which marks the final liberation of Mahavira, the Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison, while Newar Buddhists, unlike other Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshipping Lakshmi.
The beauty of this festival is not limited to India alone but is also observed internationally.
The festival of Diwali is an official holiday in Fiji Guyana, Malaysia (except Sarawak), Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
While most of the stories and beliefs are devotional and are termed as mythological, there exists a scientific reason behind the lightening of lamps and the use of clarified butter or ghee for the same purpose. It said that the fumes of ghee lit lamps work as insecticides and help clear the surroundings of the small threats.
The festival is affiliated by the Hindus of eastern India to the divine Durga, or her fierce avatar Kali (Shaktis) symbolizing the triumph of the good over the evil. Hindus in the region of Braj in north India, parts of Assam, and communités of southern Tamil and Telugu, Divali was seen as the day that the deity of Krishna overcome and destroys the demon King Narakasura.
Trade and merchant families and others also offer prayers to Saraswati, who embodies music, literature and learning and Kubera, who symbolizes book-keeping, treasury and wealth management. In western states such as Gujarat and certain northern Hindu communities of India, the festival of Diwali signifies the start of a new year.
The time is traditionally a moment when families buy fresh clothes, renovations, donations, gold, jewelry, and other big sale purchases, especially since it is the festival devoted to Lakshmi, the goddess of riches and prosperity and others. Diwali marks a significant purchasing period in India and is similar to the moment of the Christmas in consumer purchases and financial activity.
The festival of light has seen its share of joy in the international borders and the festival has great political significance. Diwali was first celebrated by George W. Bush and officially recognized in the United States Congress during 2003 at the White House. In 2009, Barack Obama became the first person in the White House to attend Diwali and wished everyone celebrating the festival. Every year, during Diwali, the Indian armies approach their Pakistani counterparts on the frontier carrying the tradition of the Indian confectionary, a move that Pakistani troops return in kind by offering Pakistani sweets.
The festival has always brought a new self of belongingness between people and has eradicated the emotions of hatred and jealousy. This adds to the significance of the festival.
Let each diya you light bring a glow of happiness on your face and enlighten your soul. Happy Diwali!
May you make beautiful moments this Diwali which will be treasured by you and family forever. Have a blessed Diwali!!
May this Diwali be bright for you and your family. May God fulfill all your wishes this Diwali. Happy Diwali!
It’s Diwali everywhere, Happiness is in the air And wealth forever… And wish everyone out there Happy Diwali!!
“Lets Fill Our Homes With Prayers & Light Not With Fumes & Crackers.”
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