Post#100, Travel India, Diwali 2017: 10 Things to Know about the Diwali Festival in India

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Diwali or Dipavali is one of the biggest festivals in India. It is a Hindu festival that is celebrated in various ways. Goddess Laxmi is worshipped by Hindus on this day praying for prosperity, wealth, good luck and good fortune. More than 800 million people celebrate Diwali in and outside India.

1. Victory over evil

In India, people decorate their homes beautifully with lights and flowers for this occasion. It signifies the victory of light over evil or darkness. Oil lights and diyas are used in every house to light up the residence all night.

INFORMATION

  • The diyas are filled with ghee or oil and cotton wickis used to bear the flame.

2. Return of lord Rama and Sita

According to Ramayana, Lord Rama was ordered by his father Dasharatha, the king of Ayodhya to stay away from his kingdom and live in the forest with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana for fourteen years. After fourteen years when the people of Ayodhya hear about the homecoming of their beloved king, they were elated. On this day it is believed that Lord Rama and his wife Sita returned home and to celebrate them their homes are light up with diyas. That is how the tradition of Diwali started.

INFORMATION

  • The interpretation of Diwali is done by Indians specially in the Northern part of India
  • In the Southern part of India, the Indians celebrate the day as the day of defeat of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna

3. Rangoli decorations

Rangoli has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. Rangoli is an artistic creation that dates back way before model and painting. It is both a promising and a preparatory need in any religious ritual. It is a custom to draw rangoli on any auspicious religious ritual, for example, a religious festival, and occasions like wedding, ritualistic love, a promised religious recognition, and so on.

The two points of drawing rangoli are a disclosure of magnificence and to obtain a promise. Bend lines create a more superior impact of excellence than a straight one.

Generally, the women of the house are the ones who are known to draw a rangoli. They don’t require any gadgets, for example, a ruler, a thread, a brush, and so on to draw them. They uninhibitedly move their fingers to make different shapes effortlessly.

INFORMATION

  • According to Hindu scriptures, Rangoli is made on the auspicious days of celebration.

4. Marriage of lord Vishnu and Laxmi

Legend has during their fight with the asuras, the devas were crushed, and the asuras drove by Bali picked up control of the universe. In the wake of looking for assistance from Vishnu, on his proposal and the devas framed an uneasy partnership with the asuras to churn the sea (Samudra Manthan) together for the nectar of interminability and offer it between them. Once the churning started, various articles rose. One was the deadly toxic substance known as Halahala, next came Kamadhenu, Ucchashravas – the celestial 7-headed steed, given to the Indra, and the Kalpavriksha tree. Next showed up the delightful goddess Lakshmi. As was customary, she was relied upon to pick her better half and she chose Vishnu.

INFORMATION

  • The poison halahala was consumed by Lord Shiva and since then he is called as Neelkantha

5. Fireworks

Fireworks are a famous custom in festivities and holidays around the world. As a Festival of Lights, Diwali is an ideal occasion to utilize fireworks. All through the three to six days of the occasion, individuals of any age appreciate fireworks. In residential communities and country territories, the sanctuaries will likewise incorporate fireworks in their Diwali festivities.

INFORMATION

  • Numerous fireworks are purchased and utilized by people, increasingly city governments are putting on shows on this day

5. Laxmi and Ganesh puja

Diwali is the beginning of the new year for Marwaris and Gujaratis. During this time dealers end the old accounting year and go to the goddess of riches that the new year should open with a considerably greater increment of exchange. This convention is presently making up for the lost time in the rest of India-After all who doesn’t love money?

INFORMATION

  • Ganesh and Lakshmi were truly the foremost divine beings for the shippers – given the divine beings close connections to riches and joy (shubh, labh).

6. Buying gold and Jewelleries

Diwali is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. After the Lakshmi Puja, individuals visit their relatives and neighbours to take their endowments and welcome each other. On this well known Hindu festival, individuals get decked up in beguiling substantial outfits. Adornments are the embellishments of Diwali. On Dhanteras, individuals purchase gold, silver or precious stone gems. It is an obligatory custom in Hindu folklore.

INFORMATION

  • Also known as festival of lights, Hindus decorate their houses and worship Goddess Lakshmi.

7. Sweets

So what is eaten amid the five-day festival?

The prompt answer is desserts – and a lot of them. Indian sweetmeats, known as “mithai” are a cross between bite, dessert and candy store. On the off chance that one thing catches the Indian culinary mind, it’s mithai. Little pieces are nibbled for the day, all alone, with masala chai or as a feature of a meal closed by these exquisite little things.

INFORMATION

  • While “laddoos”, “barfis” and “halwas” are universally popular, some of other items like “mawa kachori”, “moti pak” and “sohan papdi” are more regional specialties requiring elaborate preparation.

8. Golden Temple

A Punjabi proverb praises the Diwali festivities of Amritsar: Dal roti ghar di, Diwali Amritsar di (homecooked sustenance and Amritsar’s Diwali have no parallels). Gigantic fireworks are blasted by masters assigned as aatishbazi. The brilliant sanctuary is tastefully enhanced with vivid lights. There is no keeping down with the festivals of Diwali at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

INFORMATION

  • The festival of lights lives consistent with its name at the Golden Temple as a huge number of fans assemble in and around the sanctuary complex for one of India’s biggest festivals.

9. Gifts and shopping

Diwali, a standout amongst the most anticipated festivals of India is a day that causes everyone to be filled with joy. It is likewise a day for the biggest shopping spree in India. Diwali blessing convention is very well known among individuals. Individuals, regardless of youthful or old, spend lavishly on shopping to discover the best presents for their friends and family. This custom of sharing blessing has been saddled by brokers today. Right now there is seen a total shopping and gifting binge among individuals.

INFORMATION

  • A large portion of the makers and also providers manage Diwali blessings. Corporate divisions in India see a blast time amid this festival.

10. Lighting

The Diwali enlightens with lit diyas carry the extraordinary shine and bliss with the expectation of discovering light in obscurity, accomplishing information where there is numbness, and spreading love amid scorn. Light is critical in Hinduism since it means goodness. In this way, amid the Festival of Lights, ‘deeps’, or oil lights, are singed for the day and into the night to avert dimness and wickedness.

INFORMATION

  • Diwali is otherwise called the Festival of Lights.

In a way, Diwali is the admixture a lot of events, rituals and practices that have a central theme that is to eradicate the negatives from life and come up with a positive outlook that is a better tomorrow. Surely this special occasion holds the significance that the passage of time could not fade away.

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