What are 10 facts about Diwali festival?

Diwali festival

About one of the jovial festivals – Diwali

 Diwali festival is also called Deepawali and depicts the triumph of the good forces over the evil. The date of this festival estimates by the Hindu lunar calendar every year. The preparation starts weeks before the festival for Diwali celebrations.

On this propitious day, shops, houses, and other buildings are adorned with diyas, rangoli, candles, and lights. We are encircled with lighting. People gather and greet their family members, peers, swap gifts and sweets. The Goddesses of wealth – Lord Lakhsmi and Lord Ganesha worship on the Diwali night for health, prosperity, and success. Children and adults burst crackers and sparklers. 

Though Diwali is one of India’s festivals that does not have any local roots, it celebrates with extreme joy in the country. Besides that, it festivals with several stories linked with it as some diverse religions and customs celebrate it.

Krishna conquers the devil Narakasura.

The special day of Diwali is also remembered as another triumphant event in Hindi mythology. Lord Krishna considers having defeated the fiend Narakasura who rules Pragjyotishapura that’s regarded as a nearby existing Assam. Lord Krishna freed the people of his kingdom who were living in extreme fear by killing the fiend and stated that the day should celebrate like a festival.

Festival of illuminations

As it is truly said, the festivals of illuminations- Diwali when people in India adorn their houses with glowing diyas or small clay lamps and different pattern lights. Streets and buildings light up with vibrant lighting. Public institutes and temples, along with other households, rejoice by hosting extravagant firecracker displays.

The lights of Diwali represent the victory of good over the wickedness of Lord Rama over Ravana and of Lord Krishna over Narakasura. In various parts of the country, a statue of the devil king’s flame for celebration.

A festival for people who are fond of sweets

Undoubtedly, the Diwali festival is a night of songs, fireworks, and dance; it also witnesses another much greeting custom – rejoicing with sweets(mithai) and gifting. Family, friends, neighbors, and associates swap boxes of vivid sweets, generally typical Indian sweets like pedas, barfis, ladoos, and jalebis. Chocolates with vegan and gluten-free variety and dry fruits also wrappes up in the boxes and gifts. As it is pretty much clear about one of the major and most cherishing festivals Diwali.

Let’s go through 10 facts about Diwali that one should know about.

1. During Diwali, Goddess Lakhsmi for wealth and prosperity celebrates across the country. The goddess of affluence, richness, and prosperity knew to choose Lord Vishnu, who is one of the major divinities in Hinduism, to be her partner on the auspicious night of Diwali. 

As per National Geographic, diverse stories celebrates across India during the Diwali festival. For instance, in the north, Indians rejoice the story of King Rama’s arrival to Ayodhya due to his conquering Ravana(the 10 head king of evils) by lighting clay lamps in a row.

In south India, they celebrate it in the way as the day that Lord Krishna conquered the fiend Narakasura. In west India, the festival of lights recalls that Lord Vishny, who is the preserver and major god in Hindu, hurled the evil King Bali to rule the bottom world.

2. Diwali rejoices on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika and Easter, and the date varies each year. This year it will celebrate on November 4th, 2021.

3. According to the traditions, Diwali represents the onset of the Hindu new year and commences 2 days before the new moon.

4. On Diwali, people adorn their homes with vivid lights and decorations. It is alleged that Lakshmi(the goddess of wealth for Hindu) is acknowledged to wander the Earth and approve her followers with happiness and prosperity.

5. When people celebrate Diwali, they purchase a massive amount of gold to represent status and prosperity.

6. The 5-day celebrations of Diwali have diverse customs, and it rejoices with great enthusiasm. On the first day, people keep their houses and shops clean and bring kitchen utensils and gold to bring good fortune to their homes.

The second day observes the creativeness of people who generally produce design patterns known as rangoli on the floor of the houses using sand and colored powders. On the third day, families meet to offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, known as Lakshmi Puja, following a great feast and fireworks. The fourth-day mark is the first day of the Hindu new year, and relatives and pals meet each other and bestow all with best wishes and gifts. On the fifth day, brothers meet their married sisters, who greet them with a delicious meal.

 7. Diwali has some exclusive foods made to make all the festive mood, and the festival is incomplete without sweets. Dishes such as Sheera are a sweet fudgy kind and make using raisins, nuts, saffron, and semolina. Also, Kheer prepares that is nothing but made with rice, sago, and taken with lentil vadas.

 8. Diwali is not only celebrated in India but also in diverse places across the world. This festival celebrates in Pakistan, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mauritius, England, Australia, Canada, and Thailand.

 9. Shubh Deepawali is a saying thats linked with Diwali that denotes “Have a safe and flourishing Diwali.”

10. The fireworks on the third day of the Indian holiday denote that Lord Rama(Vishnu-Indian God in the human state) goes back to his kingdom after being expelled for 14 years and conquering evil Ravana.

Those mentioned above were the 10 facts about Diwali that one should know as it is one of the major and jovial festivals celebrated.

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