Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival across all India. Its original name is Deepawali. As the name suggests Deepawali is “Deepon ki Laddi” which means a row of diyas. On this day people go to their friends and relatives house give them gifts and wishes for Diwali and also in the evening worship goddess Lakshmi, people wear new clothes, buy sweets, make rangolis, clean their house, make good and delicious food. In this way, the festival is celebrated all over India.
History of Diwali: The Origins of Diwali
Some people believe that this festival celebrated the birthday of the goddess Lakshmi or celebrate the wedding day of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu.
Whereas, some believe that it is celebrated in order to celebrate the victory of good over evil. There is a historical event behind this. When Lord Rama came to Ayodhya with his wife Sita after killing the evil Ravana and all the people of Ayodhya celebrated their homecoming by lightning million of Diyas and burring crackers. This is why it is known as Deepawali. It generally occurs in d month of October or November. It generally takes place on the 15th day of the Hindu calendar’s month Karthik. On this auspicious occasion, people go to their friends, family, and relative’s house. Wish them and give them gifts. Also in the evening they wear new clothes and worship goddess Lakshmi, In order to have her blessing. People clean their houses, decorate them and make Rangolis as it is believed this goddess Lakshmi resides in a clean place.
Whereas beagles celebrate this festival in order to worship goddess Kali the epitome of energy. And there are Jains who celebrated this festival to celibate Lord Mahavira Nirvana. So there are different histories related to Diwali but all marks its significance as one of the major and biggest festivals celebrated in India.
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4 Festival Days of Diwali
Diwali is celebrated in 4 phrases.
Dhanteras: The first phrase is Dhanteras, Dhanteras come before the day of Diwali and it comes in the month of the moon according to the Hindus calendar. On the day of Dhanteras, people worship Lord Kubera, the lord of Wealth. On this day bought new utensils or gold. Silver or precious metal ornaments. This marks the beginning of the Diwali festival.
Naraka Chaturdasi: The second phrase is Naraka Chaturdasi, Naraka Chaturdasi also celebrated as similar to Diwali. People light diyas and worship and sing prayers. But the only difference between the two is that on Diwali worship lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi on whereas on Naraka Chaturdasi worship the lord of death that is Yamraj.
Lakshmi Puja: The third day is Diwali when we worship lord Lakshmi and we decorate our homes to welcome her and to welcome the prosperity wealth and success that she carries with herself as the goddess of it.
Bhai Dooj: Bhai Dooj is the last day of celebrating Diwali. On this day sisters do tikka to their brothers and wish for their prosperity, success, wealth, and happiness of the world and brothers return gift them the warm gifts to show their love and their responsibility towards their sisters.
India is a land of festivals and Diwali marks the beginning of the festive season. It brings excitement, joy, and enthusiasm for the festive season to people.
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