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Its festive time in India, time to celebrate , enjoy, meet and greet friends and loved ones and most importantly Spread Happiness & laughter.
Happy Diwali Every one !
Just sharing a little details about the festival for friends who are not aware of it.
Just to give you a little background,
Diwali or Deepavali is the most popular and brightest Hindu festival, celebrated all over India ( & world ) with great joy and enthusiasm. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali literally means “row of lights” (Deep means ‘lights’, avail means ‘row’) and celebrates the victory of Light over darkness, good over Evil, knowledge over ignorance.
Significance of Diwali
Diwali has a religious significance, those who are aware of Ramayana, It is believed that on the day of Diwali, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king, Ravana. To celebrate the home coming of their king, people of Ayodhya lit up oil lamps along the way to light their path.
Diwali is a 5-day festival (begins with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai doom).Each day has its own significance and a tale to tell. Before the festival starts, houses are cleaned, decorated with lights, gifts are bought for the over ones.
Day 1- Dhanteras
Start of the festival, this day is dedicated to the worship of the goddess of wealth, goddess Lakshmi. Its considered to be very auspicious to buy something precious–specifically gold, silver,new utensils.
Day 2- Choti Diwali/Naraka Chaturdasi
According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Lord Krishna defeated a demon king, Narakasur, freed all the captive princess whom he had imprisoned and returned home victorious, and thus this day is celebrated as victory of good over evil.
Day 3- Diwali/Deepawali
Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped in the evening.It is believed that goddess Lakshmi enters homes and blesses devotees with good fortune and wealth on this day.
Day 4 –Govardhan Puja or Padva
It is believed that Lord Krishna defeated Indra by lifting the Govardhan Mountain.
Day 5- Bhai Dooj
The fifth & last day of festivities.On this day, brothers visit their sisters and perform a ’tilak‘ ceremony and pray for their longer life.
Here’s all what I know about this bright Festival. For me Diwali, along with all fun and happiness brings back the childhood memories. Which is your favourite Festival ?Do share..
Once again wishing everyone A very Happy Diwali ! Lets spread the light, positivity and happiness around !