Happy Diwali 2016

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Diwali (Deepawali) is an ancient and most famous Indian festival. Because of being the main festival of lights/lamps it is called as Diwali. It is the main festival of Hindu’s and celebrated all over the world joyfully. There are so many reasons and stories behind lighting up the lamps. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik. It falls in either end of October or in the first half of November month. According to Hindu rituals on Amavasya of Kartik month, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years of exile after defeating Ravana. Then citizen of Ayodhya light up the lamps to celebrate his arrival. 

It is a sacred Hindu festival which symbolizes the triumph of goodness over badness, So Diwali is important to Sikh’s as well, as on the same day in 1577 Golden Temple was founded in Amritsar. Apart from this on the occasion of Diwali in 1619 Sikh’s 6th Guru Hargobind Singh was released from prison. 

As per Jainism, their 24th Teerthakar Mahavir Swamy’s nirvana was also attained on the same day. It is also equally important to Nepalese as their New Year. During this festival, people worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi for getting wealth, prosperity and wisdom in their life. Ritual Puja is performed on main Diwali night. 

Diwali is a five-day festival in many regions of India, with Diwali night centering on the new moon – the darkest night – at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika. The darkest night of autumn lit with diyas (Clay Lamps), candles and lanterns, makes the festival of lights particularly memorable.


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The five days celebration of Diwali includes Dhanteras starts off the five-day festival. Women decorate the home/office with colorful Rangoli or creative floor designs. It is also a major shopping day, especially for ornaments of gold or silver. In the evening people worship Goddess Lakshmi and do aarti and mantras to make goddess happy.

The second day is known as the Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali. As per  Hindu literature, Asura Narakasura was killed on this day by Krishna and Kali. The day is celebrated by early morning religious rituals. This day is commonly celebrated as Diwali in Southern India (Tamil Nadu, Goa, and Karnataka). 

Third day is the main Diwali day. People wear new clothes and lit the Diyas (Clay Lamp), candles, lanterns etc. In the night people worship Goddess Lakshmi and distribute sweets gifts etc. among family, neighbors, friends relatives. Children and adults enjoy sparkles and burn various crackers in the evening.

Fourth day is known as Govardhan Puja. On this day Lord Krishna is worshiped. People make Govardhan of cow dung at their doorstep and worship Lord Krishna. The day is also a special day for the married couple, in a manner similar to anniversaries elsewhere in the world.

Fifth and last day are known as Bhaiya Dooj. It celebrates the sister-brother loving relationship, in a spirit similar to Raksha Bandhan but with different rituals. The day ritually emphasizes the love and lifelong bond between siblings.

On this day people exclude bad habits and adopt good habits to get blessings for the whole year. In this festival, people clean their houses, offices shops etc and decorate them candles, diyas, posters etc. They buy new clothes, idols, posters, crackers etc to celebrate it.

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