Diwali – The Festival of Lights
Diwali is the most important and biggest holiday of the year and over the years, it has become a national festival that is celebrated by most Indians regardless of religion, beliefs be it Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs. But why do we celebrate Diwali?
It’s not about the mood in the air that makes you happy, or because it’s a jolly time to have fun before the arrival of winter. There are plenty historical reasons why Diwali is celebrated in such a big way in India. Not only for Hindus but for others also it’s a great reason to celebrate the great Festival of Lights. Out of all the other reasons the Victory of Rama was the main reason we celebrate Diwali. According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita, and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and lit up like never before. However, the Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the Narakasura while in western parts of India they celebrate because Lord Vishnu who sent the demon King Bali to rule the rear world. In all versions, one common thing was observed and that is the festival marks the victory of good over evil.
Diwali is a festival that goes beyond cultures, faith, beliefs and religions but what makes Diwali truly special is the fact that this festival is a part of a five-day long celebration that kicks off with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. The massive festivities begin on the first day known as Dhanteras. This day is committed to the worship and celebration of the goddess of wealth, goddess Lakshmi. Dhanteras is celebrated as the most auspicious day to buy something precious especially Gold, Silver & Gemstones. The day between Dhanteras and Diwali is celebrated as Choti Diwali. It is also known is Naraka Chaturdashi. The third day is the day of the main festival, Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped in the evening during an auspicious time. The fourth day is celebrated as Govardhan Puja in the northern states of India with the last day as Bhai Dooj which treated as the Rakhsabandhan-equivalent for sisters. Bhai Dooj marks the end of the celebration of pure joy, radiance and lights–a festival that is celebrated with huge display and show across India. Diwali is the perfect time to plan a tour to India to experience the vibrant festive mood.