Diwali 2018

For what reasons is Diwali celebrated?
There are several reasons to celebrate Diwali in India as per beliefs and customs but the most popular one is the return of Lord Rama, the son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya who went to live in exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana for 14 years. It is believed that on this very day Lord Rama returned to his home after winning a battle against demon and demon king Ravana.

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It is also believed that the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, one of the principle deities, was born on this day. According to mythology, she was the first one to be incarnated on the new moon day of the Kartik month (Kartik Amavasya) during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). This is the reason she is closely associated with Diwali.

When will Diwali come in 2018?
Diwali is usually celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashwin or Kartik depending on the cycle of the moon. In 2018, Diwali will fall on November 7.

What does Diwali or Deepawali mean?
Deep means ‘diyas’ and avali means ‘a row’. So, the word Deepawali means a row of lights. It is also known as the festival of lights. People light clay lamps to signify the good over the evil.
The festival marks the beginning of the holiest month Kartik. All Indians celebrate this festival with full fervor and enthusiasm.

What food is eaten on Diwali?
Throughout the festival, various sweets and savory items are prepared. Ranging from traditional sweets like Laddoo, Barfi and Son Papdi to occasional sweets like Sweet Samosas, Puran Poli, and Gulab Jamun etc are prepared on this day.

What is special about Diwali?
It is during Diwali season families and friends gather and celebrate together. People arrange for large feasts and wear new clothes. Large fireworks are displayed and diyas made of clay are used for decoration. It is during Diwali when the return of Lord Rama is celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm. Festivities start a week earlier. Homes are cleaned, painted, and decorated at the time of Diwali. It is during Diwali that people visit each other’s homes exchanging sweets and conveying warm wishes.

Where is Diwali celebrated in the world?
Indians around the world celebrate Diwali with full merriment. People around the globe get a chance to share the cultural tradition by wearing traditional dresses and performing rituals. Indians living in various countries around the world try to follow several rituals and customs. Ladies apply henna on their hands to prepare for festivals. They decorate their houses with various kinds of lights flowers and wall hangings. Family get-togethers are arranged and prayers are performed by the whole family to offer gratitude to the lord.

How do Hindus celebrate Diwali?
Hindus celebrate Diwali for five days. However, all five days have different significance and celebrations.

Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after killing the demon king Ravana and bearing an exile of 14 years. The festival is also celebrated as it is believed that the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi was born on this day.

Hindus clean their houses, decorate them and at night offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha. Not only this, they also worship Lord Rama and Sita and pray to God to bestow blessings over them. Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It falls on the day of Amavasya, the no moon day. So, in order to eliminate darkness people burst crackers and a huge display of firework is seen in the sky.

What does Rangoli mean?
Rangoli, which is a folk art of India, is drawn on floors using various colors during special occasions and celebrations. Apart from colors material like rice and other seeds or flower petals are used. The main purpose of drawing Rangoli is decoration and also to welcome the Gods and Goddesses which are going to visit the house during festival seasons. The designs used to draw Rangoli reflect traditions, folklore, and practices which vary from area to area.

 

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