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Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals. It is celebrated on the new moon night which falls in the month of October and November. Auspicious Hindu calendar defines the exact date of this festival.

Diwali is a five day festival beginning with Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Diwali, Vishkarma Day also known as Govardhan Pooja and ending with Bhai Dooj. The day is chiefly celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile. However, there are various other stories associated with the festival.

Theories associated with Diwali

According to the legends, when Lord Rama returned from his 14 years of exile after defeating Raavana, the people of Ayodhya lighted candles and diyas to celebrate his return to the kingdom.

 Diwali
Festival of Lights

The festival name originates from the lines of diya that were lit to celebrate the return of Lord Rama, and hence the name Deepavali, meaning “lines of light.” The name has gotten converted to Diwali over the years. This day symbolizes the victory of light over dark as well.

As per Mahabharata Pandavas returned to their homeland after 13 years and the day is celebrated to honour their return. The Sikhs celebrate this day as the day of freedom or the day when their Guru, Guru Hargobind got free from the jail.

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The Jains celebrate this day as they believe that on this day Lord Mahavira attained enlightenment. There are numerous theories associated with Diwali such as the rising of Goddess Lakshmi from the sea, the killing of Narkasura by Lord Vishnu and birth of Goddess Kali.

The event is mainly celebrated in India. People of India celebrate this day as the start of the new business year. They light up their homes and exchange gifts with friends and families. On the night of the festival, prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, which is followed by bursting of fire crackers eating of varieties of food. People refrain themselves from eating meat and drinking alcohol on this day.

Of late, a lot of clubs have started organizing special parties on Diwali for the young generation. Although Diwali is largely an Indian festival, it is widely celebrated in other countries as well like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Maurititus and Fiji. In fact, Diwali is a national holiday in each of these countries.

People celebrating Diwali
People celebrating Diwali

Do not miss these things while celebrating Diwali

Colorful Rangoli: The tradition of making Rangoli has been followed by years. Rangoli, the art of colorful design making on the floor with colored powder attracts people of every age. Rangoli which also signifies happiness defines the festival in a totally different way.

Greeting Loved Ones: Apart from the rituals, people love to greet their near and dear ones on this day. So whether by a message or a meeting, convey your good festive wishes to your loved ones.

Lighting Diyas, Candles & Burning Crackers:

The most exciting part of this festival is lighting diyas and candles at home along with burning crackers at night after the Laxmi Ganesh Puja is over.

This is how we Indians celebrate the festival of Diwali by lighting and decorating their home and burning crackers to beautify the sky.

So here’s wishing everyone a very happy Diwali.

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