Why You Must Experience Diwali Festival At Least Once In Your Lifetime
Happy Diwali: Let’s find out all the reasons why you can’t miss the festival of lights.
The Hindu holiday of Diwaliis India’s biggest national holiday, where Indians around the world celebrate the festival of lights. Diwali festival lasts for up to five days and is as important to Hindus as Christmas is to Christians, and it marks the start of a new financial year for Indian businesses worldwide. The truth is that there are lots of curiosities about this global holiday, and today we are going to help you improve your Diwali literacy with some facts that will make you want to experience this holiday at least once in your life!
Diwali 2019 starts tomorrow and will continue for 5 days until the 29nd of October. It is celebrated in late Ashwin (September–October) and ends in early Kartika (October–November). The main festival night coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. However, traditional lunar calendars can also be interpreted in different ways, that’s why people celebrate on various dates from different regions.
Many people make a special effort to clean their homes, yards, and workplaces before Diwali festival and decorate them with tiny electric lights or small clay oil lamps. Bowls of water with candlesand flowers floating on the surface are also popular decorations.
They also wear new clothesand give gifts of sweets to family members, close friends, and business associates. With no surprise, there are a lot of ways to go about this, from arts and crafts to makeup tricks. Fireworksare set off in the evening in some areas. Melas (fairs) are held in many towns and villages.
Significance of Diwali or Deepavali
The homecoming of Lord Rama
“Diwali marks the homecoming of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that when the news of Lord Ram returning to his homeland reached Ayodhya, the entire city was lit with thousands of oil lamps (diyas) and decorated with flowers and beautiful rangolis. Since then, Diwali has been known as the festival of lights. In order to welcome, Lord Ram into their homes people decorate their houses with oil lamps, which is why the festival is also called ‘Deepavali’. The tradition of lighting oil lamps symbolizes the victory of good over evil. “