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The Festival of Love and Lights, Diwali!

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

The biggest and grandest festival of them all, Diwali in India is celebrated with a fervour that will surely enthral foreigners and tourists to a great degree. Aptly named as the ‘Festival of Lights’, Diwali brings together everyone - here’s more on

Diwali is a festival that’s celebrated wherever Hinduism is followed as a religion and besides India; countries like Nepal, Bali and Malaysia celebrate this festival too. The festival symbolises the victory of good over evil, of knowledge over ignorance and is represented by the light spread by thousands of lamps that are lit on the occasion. Diwali falls on 26th October this year.

The Legends Behind Diwali

Diwali is believed to have its origins in the celebrations to commemorate Lord Rama’s triumphant return to Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman after his victory over Ravana. Another legend states that the demon Narakasura was vanquished by Lord Krishna on the day that is now marked as Naraka Chaturdashi.

Sikhs celebrate Diwali to mark the release of the release of Guru Gobind Singh from the clutches of the Mughals.

The Rituals associated with Diwali

The first day of Diwali is called Dhana Trayodashi or Dhanteras. The belief is that new clothes, vessels or gold purchased on this day ensures abundant prosperity through the year. Tourists visiting the country will witness a huge crowd during this day in all major commercial centres, and shopaholics among them are sure to have a ball.

The second day is termed Naraka Chaturdashi. Hindus in South India mark this day by waking up early in the morning and having an oil bath before sunrise. New clothes are worn and crackers are burst in the morning to dispel bad luck and ill omens. The sky will be set ablaze with the dazzling beauty of countless fireworks, and this will be enough to enthral any onlooker, local or foreign.

The third day of Diwali is the new moon day and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in the evening in an elaborate pooja during this day. Certain communities in North India believe that playing cards through the night attracts Goddess Lakshmi’s continued bounty through the year. Crackers are burst through the evening and night. This is an ideal time for any tourist to visit the country, as the festivities will be at their peak during this time.

Hindus in Karnataka mark this day as Bali Pratiyami. The legend of benevolent King Bali who was banished to the underworld by Lord Vishnu is the genesis for this festival.

The fourth day of Diwali marks the start of the New Year as per the Samvat calendar. Business men start new books of account on this day. The fifth day of Diwali is Bhai Dooj. This festival marks the love of a sister for her brothers .Women pray for the continued health and long life of her brothers.

The Beauty of the Festival

Visitors from abroad will go through a unique cultural experience during Diwali, as through the five days of the festival, hundreds of oil lamps adorn Hindu homes and colourful patterns called Rangolis are drawn on doorsteps. Traditional new clothes and jewellery are purchased and the festival provides an opportunity for every person to socialise and meet family and friends.

Diwali is an event where sweetmeats and savouries are prepared and exchanged and typical sweets prepared for Diwali are laddoos, halwa, phirni, barfee and malpuas. Savouries like chiwda, mixture, pakoda , karanjis are typical food items that are prepared. Children are given time off from school and have a gala time sampling sweetmeats and bursting crackers.

A visit to any part of India during this time is bound to be a thrilling experience. 


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