India, a land of extraordinary Cultures, Traditions, Rituals, and Beliefs. From floating post office through being the host of the biggest gathering of the world (Kumbh Mela) to having a place that has the maximum attendees in the world (Golden Temple), India is land of mysteries and adventures! And one of these is the festival “Deepawali.”
Deepawali is not only the biggest festival in India but also for countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, and Fiji who have also declared a National Holiday on Diwali.
Every culture has its reason to celebrate Deepawali.
- Hindus celebrate it in honor of Lakshmi – the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. The festival also marks the return of the Lord Rama and Sita after completing fourteen years in exile.
- Jains celebrate the festival of lights to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira.
- Sikhs celebrate Diwali, as it marks the release of Guru Hargobind Sahibji and 52 other kings and princess of India that were made captives by Shah Jahan.
- Bengalis celebrate to honor the fearsome Goddess Kali on the occasion of Diwali.
- Nepali people celebrate Lord Krishna’s victory over the wicked king Narakaasura during Diwali.
The reason to celebrate Deepawali may differ from place to place, but there are some common practices that are followed by most of them.
Sweets have become synonyms to India, all thanks to the food bloggers who have told the world about how passionate we Indians are about making sweets in a million different ways. Every household let it be as small as a 2 member family to as big as a 100 member family makes some kind of sweets to offer to the goddess and then to relatives, neighbors and family. “Every festival in India focusses on sharing and socializing, which brings them closer. I think this is the reason why these festivals were started to celebrate.”
Diwali Gifts make the festival for every individual merrier! The age-old ritual of exchanging gifts and sweets definitely does something magical leading to increased love and happiness in both the families. I guess it has something to do with the art of giving. This reminds of a Diwali gift suggestion you might want to consider – A Handmade Family Painting From Photo.
Aren’t we all bored of the same old Dining Sets, Lamps, or Photo Frames? If Yes? Then go fetch the best photo from the family album, Upload it to the website, select a medium, select a framing option, and get it at your doorsteps! By sending just a photo, you can get the painting as an Oil, Charcoal, Watercolour, Pencil, Colour Pencil, or Acrylic painting delivered anywhere in the country. You may also see the Happy Family Portraits here.
Rangoli is an artistic drawing made by rice powder near the entrance. Since the festival is all about welcoming Goddess Lakshmi, people in households like to honor her presence by drawing a colorful Rangoli in front of the main door. A rangoli for Goddess Lakshmi has a design of Flowers and a fragrance of fresh flowers around it. Mostly the ladies of the house will gather around in the morning to start the rangoli, which is executed in multiple stages – layout, coloring and the finishing stage. The act of drawing rangoli brings the ladies of the house close as it requires 1-2 hours, coupled with morning chai and informal chats!
Firecrackers during Diwali are said to be visible from space. Bursting firecrackers after Lakshmi Poojan shows that the people are happy that goddess Lakshmi came to their house and also in another sense it signifies the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana’s defeat and their homecoming celebration.
Although we are against bursting loud firecrackers and do not promote it anyway. To celebrate the festival, you can completely avoid bursting those or stick with small crackers.
This was our best attempt to let you know the significance of Deepawali, hope you enjoyed the article.