Diwali is round the corner, you all must have started your holy preparations for the biggest festival of the year. Even me too have started going out for shopping and buying the related items or just strolling around the markets. The brightly lit roads and shops look so wonderful and a great stressbuster to walk through during the evening walk.
Well, while everyone is preparing for the coming diwali, there are many of us who are not completely aware of why we celeberate diwali. There’s nothing to be ashamed about it. Everyone doesn’t know everything. And we, who know, ought to educate people on why we celebrate this great festival with so grandeur and fun.
Why is Diwali Celebrated?
Diwali, also called the “festival of lights” is celebrated in autumn every year. It is celebrated on the new moon night of the Hindu calendar month, Kartik. Historically, people used to celebrate this festival after the summer harvest. People lit lamps and diyas to evade the darkness of the night. People also clean their homes and whitewash and decorate it for festivities. People buy new clothes and utensils and gifts including sweets and dry fruits for friends and families.
Hindus celebrate it by worshipping Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha for wealth, health and prosperity. After the prayers, firecrackers are burnt and then there is a feast planned with friends and relatives and then people visit each other’s homes with sweets and gifts to celebrate the occasion.
This period is also celebrated by Jains as the occasion of attainment of moksha by Mahavira and by Sikhs on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Diwas, when Guru Hargobind ji and 52 others were released as prisoners and arrived at Amritsar in October 1619.
Mythologically also diwali holds an equal importance. It is believed that Lord Rama returned to his hometown, Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, after defeating Demon Ravana who had abducted his wife when they were in the banishment period. Thus the festival is marked as triumph of good over evil.
So now that you are completely aware of why we celebrate this auspicious festival, let’s get into our shopping shoes and march out to enjoy this festival period.
Happy Diwali to all my lovely readers!!
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