Diwali - The Festival of Lights
Diwali is an Indian religious festival. Generally, according to the stars, the date for Diwali falls in October or November and is expected to be 20 days after Dussehra.
It is celebrated in the Hindu month called Kartika.
The festival generally symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Its the victory of good over evil. The Lighting of diyas and bursting of crackers is a part of Diwali celebrations.
Significance of Diwali Celebration:
Diwali preparations have an important significance for Indians. The preparations start one month before the actual date of the festival, and people indulge in buying new clothes, gifts, books, lights, crackers, sweets, dry fruits, and more.
Some also believe in discarding old things and buying new ones. This also involves discarding unused old items at home and buying new ones on Diwali. So, the festival brings in everything fresh and new.
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits the place of worship (maybe house or office) on Diwali and blesses them. Hence, a lot of discipline and devotion goes into the celebration of this festival.
5 Days of Long Diwali Celebration:
Diwali celebrations go on for five days. The five days are Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Pooja, Govardhan Pooja, and Bhai Dooj.
The first day of the Diwali celebration marks ‘Dhanteras’ or the worship of wealth. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped, and there is a custom to purchase something precious.
The second day of the Diwali celebration marks Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali. On this day, people wake up early in the morning and apply aromatic oils to them before taking a bath to remove all sins and impurities from their life.
The third day is the main festival. On this day, Lakshmi (God of wealth) is worshipped with great devotion. People wear new clothes, offer Puja, and enjoy by lighting diyas and bursting a few crackers.
The fourth day of the Diwali celebration marks Govardhan Puja or Padva. It is said that Lord Krishna defeated Indra on this day by lifting the massive Govardhan Mountain. Using cow dung, people make a small hillock that symbolizes Govardhan and worship it.
The fifth day of the Diwali celebration marks Bhai Dooj. On this day, sisters visit their brother's house and perform a ‘tilak’ ceremony. Sisters pray for their brothers' long and happy life while the brothers give precious gifts to their sisters.
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