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An occasion that allows people to bask in the warm afterglow of lights, Diwali is indeed a very attractive festival. Such is the fascination of this festival that it has become synonymous with the Indian culture. Apart from India, the festival of Deepavali has emerged as a strong influence on other countries, be it the celebration in the UK, or the Gulf countries or celebrations in Tokyo.
Diwali festival is a special occasion when every family will be cleaning their home thoroughly; preparing for their elaborate rangolis, planning the special dish and for their visit to temple, friend and relatives. Diwali has evolved into a community festival where people attain a chance to socialize at a large scale and take out few joyous moment from their busy schedule. Shopping for Diwali starts a fortnight before the festival beckons. It's a shoppers time as they never have purchases so good. Almost every shopkeeper has an attractive discount offer on clothes, sweets and crackers to woo customers.
In today's modern world, the festival of lights is taken as a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill. Diwali festival is a time for thoroughly spring-cleaning the home and for wearing new clothes and most importantly, decorating the home with fancy lights. Small oil lamps, also called diyas are placed around the home, on the walls built around the home and also on the roof tops. The traditional celebration also include gifting sweets and explosion of fire crackers.
The Five Days Of Diwali
The celebration of the Diwali festival stretches for five days. On the first day of Dhanteras, people buy new utensils; on second day of Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali, devotees take bath before sunrise as it is considered auspicious; on third day of Diwali, Lakshmi puja is performed to propitiate the goddess of wealth to fulfill one's wishes for prosperity; fourth day commence the Govardhan puja, on this day their is worship of cows; and, on the fifth comes Bhai Dooj when brothers visit their sisters. Its origin is traced to the Puranic incident of Yama visiting Yamuna.
Rationale Behind Celebrations
Lord Rama is one of the most prominent Gods for Hindu. The festival of Divali glorifies the much awaited return of Lord Rama from his exile of fourteen years. This day marked the return of the king of Ayodhya, Rama after defeating evil demon Ravana. During his exile to forest, he was accompanied by his wife, Sita and younger brother Laxmana. when Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, the king of Lanka, a fierce battle started between Lord Rama and Ravana. After defeating Ravana, it was time for Rama to return back to Ayodhya. Diwali marks his victorious return to his kingdom along with Hanuman, the Vanar who helped him in achieving success.
For Sikh & Jains
The day of Diwali is equally important for Sikh and Jains. During the festival time in 1620 the 6th Guru, Hargobind Singh Ji gained the release of 52 Hindu princes who had been falsely imprisoned in Gwallior Fort by the rulers of the area, the Mughals. The Golden Temple was lit with many lights to welcome the release of Guru Hargobind and Sikhs have continued the celebration. The Jain also celebrate this time, as a celebration of the establishment of the dharma by Lord Mahavira.
Significance Of Diwali
Diwali, or Deepawali, literally means rows of diyas (clay lamps). It also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu god, is worshiped. It is considered a positive time for shopping, starting new ventures, business deals and house warming. On this day, doorways are lit up and decorated with Rangoli or traditional patterns to welcome the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The festival is a symbolic representation of the lifting of spiritual darkness.
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