Every year all Indians celebrate Diwali (Deepawali - Traditional name) - The Festival of lights, regardless of their caste,creed or religion. This year on 7th November, the world will light up again with the spiritual lights of India in a festival that attracts millions of tourists worldwide to actually come to India and see what is the festival all about. All religious places around the country are lit up with thousands of traditional lamps. The atmosphere is filled up with the religious chants in rituals and just the SPIRIT of Diwali making everyone feel very elated
Originally Diwali is a hindu festival when they worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. This festival of light symbolizes the victory of good over evil, and lamps (called diyas or kandils) are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. The lights also represent the welcoming lights that were light when the Hindu God – Rama had come back home after his victory in the war with demons. The festival is celebrated for around 4-5 days depending on the hindu calendar.
On the first day – Narakachaturdashi , people have bath before the sunrise as a part of the ritual to please the gods as not to send them to hell after death. Mythology says that on the same day, lord Krishna killed the demon called Narakasura. On the 2nd day – Laxmi Poojan, the goddess of wealth – Laxmi is worshipped by all people asking her to shower them with wealth and happiness in life. The 3rd and the 4th days which are Padwa and Bhaidooj are celebrated in different ways by different cultures. Bhaidooj is a day on which brothers and sisters meet to express their love and affection for each other. Dhanatrayodashi (Dhan means "wealth" and Trayodashi means "13th day"), this day falls on the 13th day of the second half of the lunar month. It is an auspicious day for shopping.
On all these days, houses are lit up with oil lamps and beautiful sky laterns of different colors. Children play with fireworks and firecrackers expressing their joy. The entrances of the house are decorated with a colorful powder called rangoli. Diwali also affects the whole Indian economy many times as it marks the sales of not just firecrackers of skylanters but gold, estates, clothes and many things as this is a time considered to be pious for making investments or buying good things.
I will be uploading the new diwali photos of this year soon, keep a watch on my profile as they are going to be something you have never seen on the internet before.
Photo credits: Nikhil Gangavane.