The long-awaited festival of light has arrived. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm as it symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Dipavali”, which means a row of lights, and was celebrated for the first time.
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Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Lord Ram killed Ravana (Dusshera) and rescued Sita from exile in Lanka. The celebration is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodha after 14 years of exile. To welcome the Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman, the whole city was decorated and people decorated the city with diyas (earth lamps) to welcome their king.
The five-day festival begins with Dhanteras celebrating and welcoming happiness, wealth and wealth. At Dhanteras, people buy jewelry and cutlery because it is believed that any form of metal prevents bad luck and brings wealth and wealth. Dhanteras is followed by Chhoti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Puja and finally Bhai Dooj is the end of this festival.
How to celebrate the festival of light
“Neatness is close to Divinity” and no one can explain it better than the people who celebrate Diwali. Preparing for this big party is a lot ahead with people cleaning their homes and offices. Then they decorate their places with flowers, lamps, lights, and rangoli.
Like all other festivals in India, food plays an important role also in Diwali. From delicious to tasty or sweet, each family prepares a price to feed the kingdom. Many people even give sweets to their friends and family for luck and prosperity for the days to come.
The celebration started with people buying jewelry and cutlery at Dhanteras. It is a pleasant opportunity to buy any kind of metal, as it is believed to keep bad and cause prosperity.
The next two days – Chhoti Diwali and Diwali – are the most anticipated days of the festival when people enjoy the most. The evening begins after they have gone and prayed to the gods. People then diyas light and crackle. The whole environment comes together on a festive note. On the fourth day, Govardhan puja is performed and the festival of lights ends with Bhai Dooj, who is very similar to Raksha Bandhan because it is a celebration of love between a brother and a sister.
Although it is a tradition to break crackers in Diwali, we will continue to do so because of the increased air pollution. We will try to celebrate Diwali in an ecological and nature-friendly way. Instead of spreading crackers, we can light up diyas, decorate our home and surroundings with fairy lights, and spend a magical evening with friends and family.