The people of India celebrate Diwali in the month of October/November. When celebrated with the family, this festival signifies happiness in togetherness. Diwali is a sight to behold. The story behind Diwali celebration is fscinating. It is one of the main festivals whose sole purpose is to signify the belief in good among people.
According to Hindu mythology, the name of Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali. It means the row of lights (“deep” means Diya, and “avali” means row).
The Story behind the Diwali Celebrations
There are multiple stories and reasons to celebrate Diwali.
- The people of North India celebrate Diwali to mark return of Lord Ram after fourteen years of exile. Lord Rama defeated Ravana who had 10 heads. He abducted Sita(Lord Ram’s wife), as mentioned in the ancient epic Ramayana.
- The people of the South celebrate Diwali because Lord Krishna defeated Narakaasur, who invaded the three worlds. They call it Naraka Chaturdashi in the South.
- Another reason is that Pandavas defeated Kaurava and they returned home after the twelve years of banishment on the day of Kartik Amavasya i.e. Diwali, mentioned in Mahabharata.
- Also, on this auspicious day, Goddess Laxmi was born. Diwali also marks the beginning of the new year in the Hindu Calendar.
A grand celebration takes place in India on Diwali. All these symbolize the victory of light over darkness, right over wrong, good over evil, and hope over despair. It also signifies the togetherness and unity among the people.
5 Days of Victory – Diwali
The celebration of Diwali starts with Dhanteras. Locals believe this day to be an auspicious day to buy gold, silver, household things, etc. People go out and shop for their houses to bring in positivity and light. Some common traditions that are followed include buying new clothes for everyone, exchanging gifts and sweets, cleaning and decorating houses, eating together with family & friends and bursting crackers.
Although, bursting crackers have been partially stopped in concern with climate change, air pollution & animals. We all should “go green” and contribute towards a healthy environment.
Diwali is a festival of hope, love, and a new beginning. Why not celebrate Diwali with positive vibes with the motive of “change for good”? It isn’t anything difficult. If Licypriya Kangujam: An 8-year-old environmentalist can understand and support the cause to stop bursting crackers, so can you!
The 5 days of Diwali
People decorate their entrances with colors, flower rangoli and alpanas to welcome the Almighty. People worship offices, shops, cars, jewelry in order to show gratitude, kindness, and respect towards the Lord.
Indians usually prefer desserts that are prepared on special occasions such as gujiya,gulab jamun,mathri, samosa, kheer, to symbolize happiness and harmony.
During this time, streets and homes are all beautifully decorated and lit up with earthen diyas, lanterns, candles & colorful fairy lights. Experiencing Diwali in India and being a part of it is surreal.
Safety tips to celebrate a mindblowing Diwali:
1) Try to wear cotton clothes and not synthetic ones as it has higher chances of catching fire.
2) It is a good idea of keeping a fire extinguisher at home to avoid unfortunate circumstances.
3) Keep a first aid box at your home in case of any emergencies.
4) Celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali and avoid burning crackers and try to “go green” and save the environment.
5) Don’t allow kids to burn crackers alone.
6) Put diyas in safe places so that there are minimal chances of catching fire.
7) Don’t use Alcohol-based hand sanitizers before lighting diyas or candles.
8) Don’t forget to maintain social distancing.
9) Avoid eating outside because of the risk of Covid – 19.
10) Elder people should avoid going outside because of cold temperatures and covid 19 outside. It is better to stay indoors this time and enjoy it.
Many people celebrate Diwali with their friends and family but not so many people are fortunate enough. It’s a delight to see people showing kindness. Celebrating Diwali by gifting those who live in orphanages, sharing food with the homeless and handing out new clothes and blankets to the poor people. is Diwali – A Happy Diwali!
It is a beautiful sight to behold.
This is how we celebrate Diwali in India. With love and respect, hope and happiness, spreading at all corners of the country! The story behind Diwali celebrations is as beautiful as the festival itself. So, stay Safe, Stay happy and celebrate your righteousness every day.