Diwali, or Deepavali, is the festival of lights and is one of the most popular festivals celebrated with great pomp and grandeur across India as well as several parts of the world. The word “Deepavali” consists of two words. “Deep” means light and “vali” means “a row”. Thereby, “Deepavali” means “a row of lights”.
Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Another Diwali story in Hindu mythology is that Diwali marks the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura and freed the people of his kingdom. After he slayed the demon, Lord Krishna declared it a day of festivities. This signifies that we have to fight the evil or demonic forces within us by following the path of righteousness.
People also celebrate the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali. As the goddess of prosperity, wealth and fertility,
For some communities, especially those in business and trade, Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu financial year, samvat, and the Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in the evening. Many shopkeepers and owners of small businesses change their account books, or bahi khaata, on this day.
In other cultures, Diwali coincides with harvest and new year celebrations. No matter which Diwali story you celebrate, it’s always a day of new beginnings and light over darkness.
Preparations for the Diwali festival begin long before the actual day. The home is cleaned thoroughly and new and cleaned curtains are put up, furniture polished carpets deep vacummed and door and window cleaned . ,and every corner of the house is decorated with colourful earthen lamps candles and lanterns. . Floors are decorated with Rangoli beautiful and intricate designs. new clothes are purchased, and sweet are prepared. Gifts are bought for near and dear ones and people perform pujas for goddess Lakshmi and lord Ganesha with absolute devotion. Diwali is truly special in the fact that the festival is a part of a five-day long celebration that begins with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj.
The lighting of diyas signifies the triumph of good over evil, and with all the prayers and people meeting with love in their hearts overall there is a bright and cheerful atmosphere It is imperative that we start the journey to end the darkness within our lives and fill it with love and light. Whether it is changing our lifestyle into a more healthier one or becoming a better person, this is an auspicious occasion to start on these life changes. It is all about discovering the knowledge of our infinite potential and dispelling ignorance. Diwali is also resplendent of the dawn of knowledge through the inner light, that is the enlightenment of the soul.
The Divine light burns within us and all around us. Let this Diwali bring joy and happiness for humanity by removing the darkness of ignorance and many more evils that are creating havoc on mankind.
Let the Lights of Happiness spread across the globe