5 days of Diwali Celebration

DayFestivals
Day 1Dhanteras / Dhantheran / Dhantrayodashi /
Dhanwantari Triodasi / Yamadeepdaan / Dhan Teyras
Day 2Choti Diwali / Kali Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi
Day 3Diwali / Baddi Diwali / Lakshmi Puja
Day 4Pratipat / Padwa Puja / Gudi Padwa / Govardhan Puja / Annakoot
Day 5Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej / Dvitiya

A country which advertises it’s tourism richness through the tagline of ‘incredible India’ must have something incredible to offer so as to justify the glittering and creative tagline. India has plenty to offer when it comes to food, places and people but what can’t be undermined is the impeccable joy the festivals bring in the nation of 1.35 billion.Our country is a perfect example of unity in diversity as the language here changes after almost every 6 miles and yet people live together with a common objective of peace and prosperity.

Provenance of Diwali

India is the country of festivals and one such major festival happens to be Diwali or more popularly known as deepawali. The festival is called the festival of lights as it is celebrated by enlightening the houses and workplace. Shopping is an integral part of the festival as it is considered to be the best time of the year to spend money as it is believed that the money spent on the day of dhanteras would bring double the amount of wealth and prosperity. Diwali can historically be found in ancient India. It probably started as a festival of harvest. There are several myths, however, which point to Diwali’s source.

People come together to celebrate the festival and no corner in the country is left out of the magic of lamps as they lit and bloom happiness in the face of light all across the country. Deepawali is celebrated in the month of November and it is a follow up festival after 10 days of gigantic joy in the Dussehra. The celebration of this festival is closely associated with the communal sentiments of the people involved in the same. It is celebrated by Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Parsi community with each of the religion with a different background amd a different reason to celebrate the festival.

The Tradition

In Hindu mythology, the festival is celebrated as a signature of victory of good over evil where good and evil are symbolic representations of light and darkness respectively. The story of Lord Ram and his overcoming of barriers to reunite with goddess Sita who was abducted by the mighty evil king Raavan is a tale of Ramayana. A holy sculpture in the Hindu mythology. The festival of diwali is celebrated for 5 days also including other significant daya which includes the worshiping of goddess Laxmi who is a symbol of wealth and prosperity. People leave their doors wide open on the eve of diwali as it is a common belief that goddess Laxmi pays a visit to their homes and bring wealth and prosperity.

Lord Ganesh is worshipped on the day of the main festival as he is a symbol of happiness and strength. It is believed that worshiping the lord will provide them with strength to steer through all the challenges and it will also bring joy and happiness to their families. Lord kartikey is also worshipped who is the younger brother of lord Ganesh as per the Hindu mythology.

Spiritual Significance

These events of religious and pious extravaganza are followed by the epic scenery’s of sky lit fireworks and the display is a feast for the eyes. Many firecracker shower can be seen in the night of diwali and they add due to the already prevalent beauty of the festival. In recent times, the use of firecracker has been a subject of discussion as it has been criticized by the environmentalist seeing the alarming amount of pollution in the country. The use of fireworks was also restricted to 10 pm by the apex institution of judiciary in India that is the supreme Court. The reduced use of fireworks has cast zero to minimal effect on the beauty of the festival of lights.

Homes are washed up and furnished with earthen oil lamps during the day and by evening. Bombay and Amritsar show the best and finest illuminations. Amritsar’s renowned Golden Temple is decorated by thousands of lights in the night.  This feast instills goodwill in people’s lives that do excellent acts. This involves the Govardhan Puja, which was celebrating the 4th day of Diwali by the Vaishnavites. They supply the needy on an unbelievable scale this day.

There are mentions of specific communities celebrating the festival but in India any festival is not restricted to a particular region or religion. People here live together and they know how to celebrate together as a family whilst keeping alive the slogan of vasudhaiva  kutumbakam.

Diwali Best Wishes

Look at the bright side of life and forget the dark agonies surrounding it. Have a safe and blessed Diwali!!

May this auspicious occasion of Diwali bring happiness, prosperity, health, and peace in your life.

May this festival of Diwali be the happiest and most joyous day of your life.

Lots of happiness and loads of fun, I wish that this Diwali is your best one.

Diwali defines the art of partying, may you party hard – Happy Diwali!

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