What is Diwali ?

What is Diwali ?

Diwali , or the Festival of Lights (also called Divali or Sanskrit, Deepavali or Deepawali ) is a great and beautiful festival of India: It marks the beginning of the hindu new year .

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When should one travel to India to witness it ? It is held around mid-October or mid-November, depending on the lunar calendar. It is a religious holiday celebrated by various religions in India , such as Hinduism ,  Buddhism , Sikhism and Jainism .

Diwali is also celebrated in Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia and Guyana.

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In diwali environment it is common to see people buying brand new clothes for these days, sharing sweets with family and friends and there is a profusion of firecrackers and fireworks.

Divinities.

The Queen of this Festival is Lakshmi, wife of the god Vishnu.

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This goddess symbolizing good luck, beauty and bestows prosperity and wealth. Lord Ganesha is also worshiped at the time of this auspicious festival. In the eastern part of the country, Goddess Kali is worshiped

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Meanwhile, the Sikhs celebrate the release of their sixth guru, Hargonbind , and pay homage to the ten spiritual gurus of Sikhism.

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For Jains , on the day of deepavali saint Mahavira (549 -. 477 BC)died.He being founder of Jainism,  most people in India have a religious cause for celebration, in addition a charming and contagious good atmosphere that can be savored by any street India.

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When is deepavali celebrated?

The festival of deepavali takes place on the fifteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kārttika ( each year diwali may fall between October 21 and November 18 ), and can last four to five days.
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The festival of deepavali Commemorated by the Death of demon Narakaasura at the hands of Krishna and the release of his maidens who had sixteen thousand prisoners.Diwali is Also celebrated in order to mark the return of Prince Rama to the city of Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana, the demon king from Sri Lanka.
According to legend, the inhabitants of the city filled the walls and rooftops with lamps so that Rāma could easily find his way. From there began the tradition of lighting multitude of lights at night .

The deepavali festival lasts five days , each of which is named after the Hindu calendar:

Day 1 Vasu Baras : Cows and Calves Are worshiped on this day.

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Day 2. Dhan Teras : This day is considered more conducive to business and wealth. Dhanvantri God’s birth is celebrated on this day.

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Day 3. Chaturdashi : It is the day that Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. In South India, it is the most celebrated day. Hindus are washed with fragrances, and wear new clothes. The houses are decorated with lamps and lights around and then rangolis are painted outside of houses. It is considered that a bath before sunrise, when the stars are in the sky is equivalent to a holy dip in the Ganges. A puja (ceremony, offering) is done in which Lord Krishna’s victory over Narakasura is celebrated.Fireworks and firecrackers,  make every city in India a hotbed of Celebrated happiness.

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Day 4. Lakshmi Puja . It is the most important Diwali celebration in North India .  At home we pray to Lakshmi and Ganesh.

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Day 5 . Govardhan Puja . It is the day Krishna defeated Indra. In some areas of the country is the day that husbands make their wives gifts. The next day, Bhaiduj, brothers and sisters from all over India express their affections.

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[ READ MORE : How is Diwali Celebrated ]

 

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