Diwali – Hindu Festival of Lights

The festival marks the victory of good over evil. Darkness represents ignorance, all negative forces, and light represents knowledge, that destructs all negative forces.

The festival is associated with many legends and beliefs. One of them is the killing of Narakasura, a demon, by Lord Krishna. Diwali also celebrates the return of Rama King of Ayodhya, with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana from a war in which he killed the demon king Ravana.

Fireworks, Deep, Diva are associated with the festival.

Diva- Light of life Diwali - Festival of Lights Diya

Diwali is celebrated over five days

1) Dhan-trayodashi or Dhan teras: Dhan means “wealth” and Trayodashi means “13th day”. It is a day for shopping. Two legends are worshiped on this day. One of Lord Yamaraja to avoid untimely death and the other of Dhanvantri holding a pot of Amrit for good health.

2) Naraka Chaturdasi: Chaturdasi is the fourteenth day on which demon Narakasura was killed. It signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

3) Laxmi Pujan: People perform special Puja of Laxmi, godess of wealth and prosperity. Diwali is the festival of Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyone during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all.

4) Padawa: The day following the Amavasya is “Kartik Shuddh Padwa”.

Gudi Padwa is symbolic of love and devotion between the wife and husband. On this day newly-married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and given presents

5) The fifth day of Deepavali or Diwali is celebrated as Bhaiya Dooj or Bhau bij, popularly know as Bhai Dooj. A ritual involving brother and sister. The second day after the new moon. Day of love between brothers and sisters.

happy divali diwali decoration decoration in Diwali

Hindu purchase gold, gifts, decorations, crackers (fireworks) and household appliances during this festival. On Deepavali day, the members of the mercantile community open and worship new account books and ledgers. This is because during Deepavali the Sun enters its second course and passes Libra, which is represented by the ‘Balance’ or ‘Scale’.

sources:

http://www.dalsabzi.com/Language_Festivals/deepavali.htm
http://www.hinduism.co.za/deepaval.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali
http://www.netglimse.com/holidays/diwali/diwali_rituals.shtml
http://www.diwalifestival.org

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