What is Diwali or Deepavali, how to celebrate and puja methods download
Diwali falls on the one new moon night between mid-October and mid-November.
According to Hindu calendar it's new year eve.
Since there is no moon rise this day and the darkness is all around, people lit
their house with candles, lamps and beautiful decorative lights, symbolizing
victory of lights over darkness.
Since Diwali date is based on Lunar calendar, the date changes in the solar (gregorian) calendar every year.
Unarguably Diwali is most famous and widely celebrated festival in Indian and is also popular in other countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.
It spans all across diverse culture of India. It also coincides with harvest time in India. People splurge at this time of festival. Each corner of house is cleaned, white washed and decorated. The weather in India is pleasant at this time which supports five joyous day of festivity.
The festival is predominated by colorful display of lights, bursting of crackers, cleanliness, sweets, lots of shopping, happiness.
It is also important for business community. Some business do whole year worth of business just on this festival. In traditional way accounting year starts from this day. People save money all through year to enjoy this festival. It is also believed that gold, silver jewelry and new utensils should be bought during this time to have good fortune all year.
Diya or Deep (from which the name of festival Deepavali ) is small container made our of earth/clay. It is fuelled with oil from coconuts,
mustard or Ghee (clarified butter). The wick is made of cotton. Worship of goddess Lakshmi is done with the lit Diya and also hundreds of
Diyas are places outside of the houese, on floors, balconies, doorways and in each room. In modern time this clay Diyas are being replaced
by electric candle like lamps and also with various modern technical light shows.
During Diwali festival, doorways are hung with torans of mango leaves and marigolds. There are designer Torans available now-a-days which are
hung on the front door all year and replaced on Diwali day with new one.
It's the best time of year. Kids get long break during this time. Festival this important does not end on one day.
On this day, goddess Laxmi is worshipped with Ram and Ganesh. Diyas are
arranged in special way in the puja place. Every community has it's own way of
worship. But everyone in the home wear new cloth for puja, distribute sweets and
touch feet out of respect of elders and relatives. Kids enjoy with fire crackers
in the road, in the front of house and even inside house ladies burn the
lighting crackers. In India there is no restrictions (as yet) to burn fire
crackers in the streets.
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