The festival of Diwali is celebrated with a great deal of exultation and exuberance throughout the country. The state of Uttar Pradesh shares the joy and excitement. There is no dearth of pomp and grandeur in the celebration of Diwali. It manifests the vibrant culture of the state.
Description of the Diwali Festival in Uttar Pradesh
Diwali is celebrated for five days like the rest of the country in Uttar Pradesh.
On the first day, it is Dhanteras which is celebrated with ardor and enthusiasm. Rangoli adorns the floors of the cleaned houses. The people of the state make it a point to purchase either gold or silver or some utensil as a token of the good luck that will visit the family. Diyas are lit and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped with great devotion.
The second day is Narak Chaturdasi better known as Choti Diwali. On this day, lamps are lit, crackers are burst, Ram and lakshmi are worshipped, devotional songs are sung, aarati is performed but all the celebrations are all mellowed down.
This is the most important day when the festivities reach a high level. The homecoming of Lord Rama from exile is celebrated with great merriment. Many people observe fast. Ram Lila performances on this day are very enjoyable.
On the fourth day, Govardhan Puja is performed and Annakoot is celebrated. A large number of dishes are prepared and offered to Lord Krishna which is later consumed by the people as Bhog. The fifth day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj. Sisters put tika on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their well being.
On the occasion of Diwali, illuminated earthen lamps are floated on the River Ganges in Benaras. If you witness this splendid sight it is sure to remain etched in your minds forever.
Time for celebrating the Diwali Festival in Uttar Pradesh
Diwali is celebrated in the second half of the last month Ashwayuja in the Hindu calendar. It falls either in the month of October or November.