Hip Hip Hurray…! Finally the day has come… A day of lamps… a day of lights… Yes it’s Diwali. My favourite festival.
I hereby providing you some info about Diwali along with the lightings in my society.
Diwali (Dipavali in Sanskrit, meaning “row of lamps”; also spelled Divali or Deepavali) is a festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).
Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”
During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated.
The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days. The festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali is usually celebrated eighteen days after the Dussehra (Dasara, Dasain) festival with Dhanteras, or the regional equivalent, marking the first day of the festival when celebrants prepare by cleaning their homes and making decorations on the floor, such as Rangoli. The second day is Choti Diwali, or equivalent in north India, while for Hindus in the south of India it is Diwali proper.
Western, central, eastern and northern Indian communities observe Diwali on the third day and the darkest night of the traditional month.
In some parts of India, the day after Diwali is marked with the Govardhan Puja and Diwali Padva, which is dedicated to the relationship between wife and husband.
Some Hindu communities mark the last day as Bhai Dooj, which is dedicated to the bond between sister and brother, while other Hindu and Sikh craftsmen communities mark this day as Vishwakarma Puja and observe it by performing maintenance in their work spaces and offering prayers.
The festival of Diwali is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Trinidad & Tobago’s.
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