Diwali falls, the Indian festival of lights, falls on the day of 'Amavasyaa', when the moon does not rise and there is darkness all around. Light, being symbol of hope and positive energy, indicates the victory of good over evil. By spreading light in every corner of our premises, we try to destroy the reign of darkness, on the night of Diwali. People decorate their premises with diyas, electric bulbs and other decorative electric lighting fixtures, to make their surroundings filled with colorful light and to make it bright and beautiful. Go through the following lines to learn more about Diwali and its significance.
What Is Diwali
Deepavali - the very name of this festival reveals its meaning. The
festival is all about the lighting diyas. Later the term 'Deepawali'
became 'Diwali'. Deepawali or Diwali is also known as 'the festival of
lights', because on this day, people illuminate their home and premises
with diyas and colorful lights. Celebrated usually in the month of
October or November, Diwali bears significance in the Hindu culture as
well as among Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. The legends connected to the
festival are different for different religions.
Importance of Diwali
Diwali is the Indian festival that brings a series of festivals with
it. One after another, we get a chance to celebrate five ceremonious
occasions. The people of all age groups and classes with equal zeal and
enthusiasm celebrate Diwali throughout India. They put on new apparels
and participate in the various activities that are related to Diwali
celebrations. It is a festival of celebrations such as lightings,
crackers, cleanliness, colorful rangoli making, social gatherings to
exchange greetings and sharing sweets with your loved ones. Diwali is a
festival filled with spiritualism and religious activities, such as
worship of Goddess Lakshmi, worship of Lord Ganesha, worship of Ma Kali,
worship of Lord Chitragupta and worship of Govardhan Parvat.
The celebration of the five-day long festival, Diwali, begins on
Aswayuja Bahula Chaturdashi and concludes on Kartika Shudha Vijaya. The
first day of this festival begins with 'Dhan Trayodashi' or 'Dhanteras'.
After the Dhanvantari Trayodashi the second day of Diwali is 'Narak
Chaturdashi', which is popular as 'Chhoti Diwali'. The third day of
Diwali, which is also called 'Badi Diwali' is the main day of
celebrations of the festival of Diwali. People perform Lakshmi Pujan
(worship of divine Goddess Lakshmi) on this day and offer prayers to her
to bless them with wealth and prosperity. The fourth day of Diwali is
devoted to Govardhan Pooja (worship of Lord Govardhan Parvat). The fifth
day of the Diwali is Bhai Dooj, the time to honor the brother-sister