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Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India and by Indians all over the world. It is also known as the Festival of Lights, as it marks the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal across the country, and the preparations for the festival begin weeks in advance.
This year, Diwali falls on November 1st, 2023, and people are already eagerly looking forward to celebrating the festival with their loved ones. Diwali is a time for coming together with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and sharing good food and laughter. It is a time to light up our homes with beautiful diyas and colorful lights, and to create a festive atmosphere that fills our hearts with joy and happiness.
Diwali has a rich cultural and historical significance in India. The festival has its roots in Hindu mythology, where it is believed to celebrate the return of Lord Rama and his wife Sita to their kingdom of Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Legend has it that the people of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama by lighting diyas and bursting firecrackers, thus giving birth to the tradition of Diwali.
Diwali also has significance in other religions, such as Jainism and Sikhism. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of enlightenment by Lord Mahavira, while for Sikhs, the festival commemorates the release of their sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib, from captivity.
Diwali celebrations typically last for five days, with each day having its own special significance and rituals. The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras, which is dedicated to worshipping the goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, people buy new clothes, jewelry, and utensils, and decorate their homes with flowers and rangolis.
On this day, people light diyas and perform rituals to ward off evil.
The third day of Diwali is the main day of the festival, and is known as Diwali or Deepavali. They decorate their homes with diyas, rangolis, and lights, and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. In the evening, people burst firecrackers and exchange sweets and gifts with their loved ones.
The fourth day of Diwali is known as Govardhan Puja, and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. On this day, people make small hills of cow dung to commemorate Lord Krishna’s act of lifting the Govardhan Hill to save the people of his village from a thunderstorm.
The fifth and final day of Diwali is known as Bhai Dooj, and is dedicated to the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters pray for their brothers’ long life and well-being, and brothers offer gifts to their sisters.
The preparations for Diwali begin weeks in advance, and involve cleaning and decorating homes, buying new clothes and gifts, and preparing traditional sweets and snacks. People also start shopping for diyas, lights, and firecrackers, and make elaborate plans for celebrating the festival with their loved ones.
Happy Diwali 2023: Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India and other parts of the world. It is a five-day festival that signifies the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal across the country and is one of the most awaited festivals of the year.
Diwali is usually celebrated in the month of October or November, depending on the Hindu calendar. However, in 2023, Diwali will be celebrated on 17th October. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day of the Hindu month of Kartik, which falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Another belief is that Diwali is celebrated to mark the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. People worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day and seek her blessings for a prosperous life. In some parts of India, Diwali is also celebrated to honor Lord Krishna’s victory over the demon Narakasura.
Diwali is a five-day festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. The five days of Diwali are:
Day 1: Dhanteras
The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, which is celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu month of Ashwin. On this day, people buy gold, silver, and other precious items as it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.
Day 2: Choti Diwali
The second day of Diwali is called Choti Diwali, which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi. On this day, people light diyas and decorate their homes with rangolis (patterns made with colored powder or sand). It is believed that lighting diyas on this day drives away evil spirits.
Day 3: Diwali
The third day of Diwali is the main day of the festival, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. On this day, people light diyas and candles, burst firecrackers, and distribute sweets and gifts. People wear new clothes and visit their friends and family members to exchange greetings and wishes.
Day 4: Govardhan Puja
The fourth day of Diwali is called Govardhan Puja, which is also known as Annakut. On this day, people prepare different kinds of food items and offer them to Lord Krishna. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain to save the people of Vrindavan from the wrath of Indra, the god of rain.
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