Things to know about the Festival of Lights, Diwali EventThings to know about the Festival of Lights and Diwali Event

Things to know about the Festival of Lights and Diwali Event

Over a billion adherents of Buddhism, Sikhism, Jains, and Hinduism commemorate the Diwali event, the festival of lights, globally.

Things to know about the Festival of Lights, Diwali
Things to know about the Festival of Lights, Diwali

One of the largest festivals in India is Diwali, sometimes known as Deepavali. Nepal, Malaysia, Fiji, and other nations with sizable South Asian diasporas also widely celebrate it. Diyas, or clay oil lamps, adorn homes, businesses, and public areas, and there are numerous fireworks displays. Families get together, enjoy sweets, and trade gifts.

Even though Diwali has great religious significance, people of all faiths celebrate it as a cultural event today.

Here are some facts regarding the holiday:

What does a Diwali event mean?

Deepavali, which means “row of lights” in Sanskrit, is where the word Diwali originates.

It symbolizes the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. The myths and historical accounts surrounding Diwali share themes of justice and liberation, despite regional and religious variations in the celebration.

The Diwali event is on when?

Every year, in the fall, between October and November, people celebrate Diwali. The main celebration takes place on the third day of the five-day festival. Diwali will be celebrated on November 12 this year.

The five days of the Diwali event are as follows:

• Dhanteras: As a sign of good luck, people usually buy new kitchenware, silver and gold jewelry, and other items to commemorate the first day of Diwali. Many people tidy their homes in an attempt to call upon the blessings of Lakshmi, the prosperity and wealth goddess. On this day, some people also pay homage to the gods of death, Yamaraj, and Ayurveda, Dhanvantari, and Yamaraj.

• Choti Diwali Event, also known as Naraka Chaturdashi: Lord Krishna vanquishes the demon king Narakasura on the second day of Diwali. To take a shower and wash their hair, people get up early. Along with cleaning and decorating with diyas and rangolis, they also make desserts.

• Diwali Event, also known as Lakshmi Puja: People usually associate Diwali with the third day of the celebration. Families get together to share gifts, eat delectable food, and indulge in sweets. On this day, a lot of Hindus worship the goddess Lakshmi.

• Padwa, also known as Govardhan Puja: On the fourth day of Diwali, husbands usually purchase a gift for their spouses as a way to honor their marriage. According to some customs, it honors the day that Lord Krishna raised Govardhan Hill to shield the people of Vrindavan from the rain that Lord Indra had unleashed out of rage. In remembrance, some devotees present Krishna with a mountain of food, while others recreate the scene with clay and cow dung figurines.

• Bhai Dooj: In remembrance of the relationship between Lord Yama and his sister Yami (or Yamuna), this final day of Diwali honors the love between siblings. On occasion, brothers will give gifts to their sisters, and sisters will mark their brothers’ foreheads with a tilak, or red mark.

What does the holiday of Diwali mean?

Although Diwali is mostly observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, it is now observed by many people from other religious traditions as well, much like Christmas.

Each community and area has its own interpretation of the festival.

The Hindu epic Ramayana is the source of one of the legends at the core of Diwali. The demon king Ravana kidnaps Sita during the exile of Prince Rama, who is an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and his wife Sita, who is an incarnation of the goddess Lakshmi. In the end, Rama vanquishes Ravana in order to save his wife. Some Hindus celebrate Diwali as the triumphant return of Rama and Sita to their kingdom following their 14-year banishment.

In southern India, there are Hindus who commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura, which freed 16,000 girls held captive by the demon. Diwali, celebrated in western India, marks the day that Lord Vishnu banishes Bali, the king of the demons, to rule the netherworld.

The day is known by Sikhs as “Bandi Chhor Divas” (the Day of Liberation). On this day in history, 52 Hindu kings and their sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, were released from unjust imprisonment. At first, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir only consented to Guru Hargobind’s release; however, the guru insisted on traveling with the royal family. Guru Hargobind fastened 52 tassels to his cloak so that every ruler could walk to freedom after Jahangir proclaimed that those who could hold onto the guru’s cloak could depart.

The Diwali event marks the day that Jains’ last spiritual master, Lord Mahavira, passed away physically and became enlightened. Some Buddhists believe that Emperor Ashoka adopted Buddhism on Diwali.

How do people celebrate Diwali event?

In addition to lighting firecrackers, decorating one’s home, and indulging in delectable food, there are a number of other customs associated with Diwali celebrations.

Some regions of India are home to the gambling card games, like poker, blackjack, and teen patti. Because of a legend about the god Shiva and his consort Parvati playing dice, gambling during the holiday is considered auspicious.

The Hindu financial year begins on Diwali, and many merchants, retailers, and companies open new accounts books on this auspicious occasion.

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