Diwali is an age-old festival celebrated across India by all people with tradition and enthusiasm. There are many significant religious facts associated with this festival and therefore, it is celebrated in various methods in all across the India. Most parts of India Diwali celebrated for 5 days, including in North India.
1st Day- Dhanetras- worshiping of Lord yama and buying vessels made with metal
2nd Day- Narak chathurdashi, Roop chathurdashi, Choti Diwali
3rd Day- Diwali- Ganesh and Laxmi pooja
4th Day- Govardhan pooja
5th Day- Bhai Tika or Bhai Dooj, a special day dedicated to brothers and sisters of the family
Let us see how the festival celebrated in various regions of India.
1. Northern parts of India
I hail from Kanpur which is a city in Uttar Pradesh. This day is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita after 14 years of exile as said in the epic Ramayana. We celebrate Diwali to celebrate the victory of good over evil and the victory of Lord Rama. We also worship Lord Ganesha & Laxmi Maa which brings good fortune to our lives.
2. Southern parts of the country
People in South India celebrate the festival to mark the victory of Lord Krishna killed Narakasura, a devil on this day. They mark the win by lighting earthen lamps, sweets, new dress, and bursting crackers much to the delight of family and friends.
3. Eastern parts of India
In the Eastern region, the festival celebrations differ. In West Bengal and Assam, the day people celebrate as Kali pooja. They visit the Kali temples during the night of Diwali. In rural parts West Bengal people celebrate Diwali lit long poles to show the path for heaven to their ancestors. The same custom is followed in Odhisa.
4. Western parts of India
In the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan, the people celebrate the day as the arrival of Goddess Laxmi. They perform Laxmi pooja and buy new gold, silver jewelry, and utensils.
One festival, so many traditions! Isn’t it just beautiful?