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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Diwali Festival

Diwali Festival
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Diwali or Dipawali, often written Deepavali is a significant festival and an official holiday in India. While Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light". 


Diwali is celebrated through festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship of Godess Laxmi and Kali.  It is one of the Indian festivals celebrated all over India, with equal enthusiasm and zeal. 

The word 'Diwali' is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word 'Deepavali', which means 'rows of lights'. 

One of the major Hindu festivals, it is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Good over the evil, when Lord Rama defeated Ravana and rescued his wife Sita from his custody.

It is predominantly a five-day festival, with a number of customs and rituals followed during each day. People prepare themselves for the festival weeks ahead, by cleaning and decorating their premises.
The main festival day falls on the no-moon day of the dark half of Kartik, according to the Hindu lunar calendar. 
Celebrated with vigor and gaiety by people of every religion, the magical effect of Diwali creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. Innumerable lamps are lit on the roofs and windowsills of the houses, thus, giving a divine look to the whole scenario. It is said that Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth, roams the earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean and brightly illuminated. Therefore, people, before exchanging gifts and bursting crackers, offer prayers to the deity.
Young and old, men and women, all dress up in new clothes on this day to illuminate their home with diyas

The deities of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped on Diwali
after which, the people share Sweets and Gifts with their relatives and friends. 

Fireworks, which attract the kids the most, form the highlight of the festival. The festive mood extends to the couple of days following the main day of the festival. 

Deepawali symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.  It is the celebration of victory of good over evil - and the glory of light.

Diwali falls on a new moon day in the month of October or November.  Since the precise moment of the new moon falls on different dates depending on geographical location, the date of Diwali also depends on one's location. 
The picture shows some diyas, or Indian candles. 

In the scripture of the Ramayaan, such diyas (or divas) were used to light the way for Lord Raam (Rama) and his wife Sita back to their kingdom of Ayodhya, after a victory over the archdemon Ravan (Ravana). 
Since that day thousands of years ago, during Diwali, households light these divas to invite God’s blessings and luck upon their families.
There are two bowls of that sticky sweet and very delicious confection known as gulab jamun.  Made from milk curd and syrup, the jamuns can be best described as a syrupy cross between fudge and cake, and are a popular treat during the festival.
The preparations for Diwali are started before the 15 days.  People purchase new things as according to Hindu calendar, the day after Diwali is called as “New Year”. Lots of congestion or over crowding is everywhere before the 1 month of Diwali.

People do Laxmi puja in the evening time on Diwali. They lit lamps at houses and also lit the Diyas in different places in the home. They make beautiful Rangoli in the courtyard or in the front of the gate. Not only children but also younger and older, all fire the crackers at night on Diwali
There is great legend behind the celebration of Diwali. Lord Rama returned to his native land-Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after the 14 years of exile. For this reason, to express the happiness of returning their beloved prince Lord Ram.

People enjoy the days with full of joy. People prefer go for outing as in these days a mini vacation is there for everyone. In school, long vacation approximately 21 days holidays are declared.
People in all class and all age celebrate the festival of Diwali with joy.
 
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Diwali in 2013 will start on Sunday, the 3rd of November and will continue for 5 days until Thursday, the 7th of November

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