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Diwali Festivities in India

 

 

Kiran Fazil

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Diwali Festivities in India

Diwali is a festival of physical and spiritual light celebrated each year all over the world on 15th day of the Hindu Month of Kartika depending upon the cycle of the moon. Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism observe various customs related to Diwali. Diwali, the festival of lights even to-day in this modern world projects the rich and magnificent past of India.

Diwali is a major and five day festival of India that symbolizes the start of the Hindu New Year. It honors the victory of good over evil, and brightness over darkness. Diwali is actually celebrated in honor of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following Rama and monkey god Hanuman's defeat the demon King Ravana and rescue of Sita from his evil clutches. The word “Diwali/Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar.

In 2014, Diwali starts with “Dhanteras” on October 21 in India. On this day, people traditionally buy gold. Each day of the festival has a different meaning. On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called Rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand. The main festivities take place on the third day (this year, on October 23 in India), when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities while the fourth day is celebrated as New Year’s Day. On the fifth and last day, brothers and sisters get together and share food, to honor the bond between them.

Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces the celebration of the favorite festival of Indians. Homes are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. 

Indians celebrate Diwali with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. People also exchange sweets, wear new clothes and buy jewelry at this festive time. Card parties are held in many homes. Diwali has become commercialized as the biggest annual consumer spree because every family shops for sweets, gifts and fireworks. However, in all this frenzy of shopping and eating, the steady, burning lamp is a constant symbol of an illuminated mind.

Although Diwali is largely an Indian festival, it is widely celebrated in other countries as well such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Mauritius and Fiji. In fact, Diwali is a national holiday in each of these countries.

 

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