Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is the largest and most important celebration celebrated each year in India.The row of clay lamps (Deepa) that are lit outside of homes, businesses, and roadways across the nation during this festival to represent the internal light that dispels spiritual darkness gave rise to the name of the celebration.
The Hindu holiday of Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is just as important to them as Christmas is to Christians. Non-Hindu cultures also participate in the celebration of Diwali, which is a Hindu holiday. In Jainism, the day honours God Mahavira’s nirvana, or spiritual awakening, which occurred on October 15th, 527 BC.
It is revered in Sikhism as a tribute to Guru Hargobind Ji’s freedom as the sixth Sikh Guru. Among those who enjoy this festival of lights are the Buddhists.
Numerous tales have been associated with this day’s celebration. One of these was the 14-year exile of Lord Rama, who was regarded as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu, and his wife Sita, who was regarded as the manifestation of Goddess Laxmi (Lakshmi), to the kingdom of Ayodhya.
People lit Diyas, decorated their homes, and set off firecrackers to honour the occasion. The day that Lord Vishnu wed Goddess Laxmi is depicted in another myth as her birthday. The day is also thought to commemorate the day that Lord Krishna vanquished Narakasura and declared world peace.
Five Day Festival of Diwali
Dhanteras marks the start of Diwali’s five-day celebrations, which conclude with Bhai Dooj:
Dhanteras: Devotees perform puja on the first day of Diwali, place tea lights by their front doors, and purchase new kitchenware, which is believed to bring good fortune.
Narak Chaturdashi: While this holiday is observed in many ways around the world, most people spend it at home with their families and friends exchanging sweets. They use rangolis to beautify their dwellings as well.
Lakshmi Puja: The auspicious day of Laxmi Puja, to honour the goddess Lakshmi, is the focal point of all the festivities throughout this festival. Families dress up and gather for a prayer service to worship her, which is typically followed by a meal, a fireworks show, and other festivities.
Govardhan Puja: On this day, Gujarati new year and Lord Krishna are honoured. For this Puja, numerous food specialities are made.
Bhaiya Dooj: The final day honours the relationship between brothers and sisters. Brothers visit their sisters on this day and provide presents for them.
How People Celebrate Diwali (The Light Of Festival)
In general, people redecorate their homes in the weeks before Diwali, buy new clothes and jewellery, and give gifts like sweets and dry fruits. This is the time of year for large holiday fairs, gastronomic feasts, and evening get-togethers—all of which are only the start of Diwali, the festival of lights.
Games of cards are played well before Diwali since they are crucial for traditional festivities, especially in North India. At these events, people eat and drink excessive amounts of finger food, including platters of kebabs, baked grills, flavoured desserts, and savouries.
Diwali is a holiday that lights up the Earth as brightly as the Sky and makes the world a happier place. When India as a whole rises above the magic of lights, it is a time for celebration. The Festival of Lights known as Deepavali has all the allure, splendour, and magnificence that may even brighten our psyches and hearts while also maintaining peace, brotherhood, and tranquillity among the populace. It is a festival that unites each home, each religion, and each heart.
The lucky day will be celebrated this year on October 25. (Happy Diwali 2022).