Diwali Festival of Lights(2023)
Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival of lights and sweets.Diwali celebrated in all religions. It symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over evil”.
Diwali is a significant Hindu festival usually celebrated is autumn season , between October and November.
Diwali is 5 days Festival start from 10th November ,2023 to 14th November ,2023.
Ist Day: Dhanteras (10th November,2023)
2nd Day : Choti Diwali (11th November ,2023)
3rd Day: Laxami Pooja (12th November, 2023)
4th Day : Govardhan Pooja (13th November,2023)
5th Day : Bhaidooj (14th November,2023)
Why is Diwali Celebrated
Diwali has several significant reasons for its celebration.
Victory of Light over Darkness: Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It is rooted in various Hindu mythological stories, with one of the most popular being the return of Lord Rama with his wife Sita, and his brother Lakshmana after defeating the demon king Ravana.
The lighting of lamps and candles (diyas) during Diwali symbolizes the triumph of light and knowledge over ignorance and darkness.
Goddess Lakshmi: Diwali is also dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that she visits homes on the night of Diwali and blesses all of us with wealth and good fortune. People clean and decorate their homes to welcome her.
Cultural Celebration: Diwali is not only a religious festival but also a cultural celebration in India. People from various religious and cultural backgrounds participate in Diwali celebrations, exchanging gifts, wearing new clothes, lighting fireworks, and enjoying festive food.
Festival of Togetherness: Diwali brings families and communities together. People visit the homes of friends and relatives, exchange gifts, and sharing festive meals. It is a time of joy and unity.
Overall, Diwali is celebrated for a combination of religious, cultural, and social reasons. It is a time for reflection, renewal, and the celebration of life’s positive aspects. The traditions and customs associated with Diwali may vary by region and community, but the underlying theme of light, prosperity, and the triumph of good remains consistent.
Here are some key things and traditions associated with Diwali:
Lamps and Candles
The main tradition of Diwali is the oil (diyas) and candles. These lights are believed to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness.
Fireworks ia a very common thing of Diwali celebrations. People burn crackers to celebrate the Diwali.
People create colorful rangoli with multo color and flowers, on the ground outside own home to welcome maa Laxami.
Cleaning and Decoration
Homes are thoroughly cleaned and decorated with colorful and festive items. It is believed that a clean and well-decorated home invites the Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Prayers and Worship:
Many people visit temples during Diwali to offer prayers and seek blessings from deities. Special pujas (prayer rituals) are performed at home as well.
Exchange of Gifts:
People exchange gift to own family members,relatives and frienda,it can be sweets or gigt hampers ,decoration items etc. It is a way to strengthen bonds with friends and family.
Diwali is a time for delicious and special meals. Families prepare a variety of sweets and savory dishes to share with loved ones and guests.
It’s a tradition to wear new and festive clothing during Diwali, symbolizing a fresh start and a new beginning.
Many towns and cities host fairs and markets during Diwali, known as “Diwali Melas,” with various cultural performances, food stalls, and entertainment.