The most-awaited Indian festival, festival of lights “Diwali” or “Deepawali” has finally drenched the entire country in a festive mood. People have cleaned their houses and whitewashed them, bought earthen lamps and wicks, sugar toys, decoration items, etc. No matter in which direction of the lane you move, you will find beautifully decorated houses, and people with full enthusiasm for Diwali celebration. The 5-day celebration makes entire India to swing in the festive mood. Apart from homes, one could also witness market areas that are flooded with shoppers to buy new clothes, delicious snacks, decoration items, and a lot more.
Among various rituals, the burning of diyas (earthen lamps) signifies the illuminated pathway happiness and success. Thus, people also believe that lighting of the earthen lamps is a form of paying a bow to the almighty, for their support in achieving health, prosperity, knowledge, financial security and most important, peace in life. In the Northern regions of India, this festival is celebrated with much passion and eagerness. The festival is believed to bring the mystic brightness and joy to the lives of people.
The festival of Diwali is also a source of hope to find life amidst darkness and achieving happiness. Diwali is also celebrated to spread love and remove hatred and violence. According to the Hindu Mythology, the lighting of diyas stands for integrity and vivacity. With modernization, the original diyas have been substituted in cities with classy neon lights and candles.
Hindu Mythology states various stories related behind the idea of lighting diyas and candles. Among various stories, the popular is about Lord Rama and his family. According to the mythological story, the festival of Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating King Ravana, the demon. Lord Rama came back home after 14 years of exile. Diwali is also regarded as the day of Lord Rama’s enthronement.
Time Of Celebration:
The Diwali Festival falls in the months of Mid-October to Mid-November, depending on the cycle of the moon.
The Main Events Of The 5-Day Festival:
- Day 1 – 12th Nov’20 – Dhanteras
- Day 2 – 13th Nov’20 – Chhoti Diwali, Roop Chaturdashi
- Day 3 – 14th Nov’20 – Laxmi Pujan, Bandi Chhor Diwas
- Day 4 – 15th Nov’20 – Goverdhan Puja, Annakoot
- Day 5 – 16th Nov’20 – Bhai Dooj
What To Expect:
The atmosphere becomes warm as you could see candlelight, diyas, colorful lanterns, etc., all around. People could be seen with full enthusiasm and joy. Exchange of gifts and greetings is an important part of the festival. However, also be prepared for loud noise from the firecrackers going off. The smoke from the crackers fills the air, which could create breathing difficulties.
Diwali Safety Information:
Do not wear clothes made of delicate fabric. If your ears are sensitive, make sure you protect your hearing with ear plugs. There are some loud crackers, which sound more like explosions.