What is Diwali? Diwali, also known as Deepavali, means “a series or series of lights” and is based on ancient times, an important harvest festival. However, at the same time, a number of myths are attached. Perhaps the most important is Lord Rama and his wife Sita. After serving for 14 years, Rama returned to the city of Ayodhya and crushed Ravana, the ten-headed devil king who had kidnapped his wife.
To celebrate, the inhabitants of the city enlightened their clay lamps to symbolize the triumph of goodness of evil.
Diwali (or Sanskrit Deepavali) literally means “a light array”. The biggest five-day festival in India honors badness over evil and reaching beyond the glory. Congratulates Rama and the monkey god Hanuman returning to the kingdoms of Lord Rama and his wife Sita Ayodhaya after he defeated the demon King Ravana and rescued Sita from the bad screeches of Dussehra.
How is the festival celebrated?
The festival has a different meaning every day.
On the first day, Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali. Dedicated to celebrate wealth. People traditionally buy gold and new kitchenware these days. Houses are also being cleaned and prepared to welcome the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.
The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdasi in southern India or Choti Diwali (Northern Diwali) in North India. Rangoli (Hindu folk arts) are being created in the homes of gates and hunters, and people are beginning to explode crackers. It is thought that Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali have destroyed demon Narakasura, and nowadays 16,000 prisoners have been saved. The demon legends are burning in the celebration in Goa. Kali Puja is celebrated today in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.
On the third and day of the week, small small lamps and waxes called dias are lit up and placed in the houses, and fireworks are dispatched everywhere and Diwali gives the name “Festival of Lights”. The families come together and make Lakshmi Puja and give each other gifts and sweets.
On the fourth day traders opened new accounts and offered new loans.
The fifth and last day known as Bhai Duj is dedicated to celebrating his sisters. Brothers meet and share their food to respect the bond between them.
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When is Diwali in 2017 and 2018?
Diwali falls in October or November, depending on the moon cycle. Hindu is seen on the 15th day of Kartik, the most sacred month in the lunar calendar.
- In 2017, Diwali is on October 19. – 2017
- In 2018, Diwali is on November 7. – 2018