Diwali-The Extravaganza of Lights

A beautiful display of lights and fireworks portrays a picture of Diwali night. Literally, Diwali means rows of clay lamps. This festival signifies its connection with the uplifting of spiritual dimness in the souls of people. It also sets on the commencement of the Hindu New Year. A lot of reverence is paid to Lord Ganesha on this day. People consider it as a correct time to begin new endeavors, business transactions, shopping and house warming. Houses are spotlessly cleaned and doorways are lavishly lit and adorned with Rangoli on Diwali to give a warm welcome to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. It is believed that she brings riches and good fortune with her.

This light carnival represents the victory of brightness over darkness and good over evil. The reason for Diwali celebration is the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after fourteen years of exile. The exile was followed by Lord Rama’s victory over Ravan and release of Sita from his cruel clutches.

This festival is equally imperative for Sikh and Jains.

Diwali is a five day gala. Dhanteras marks the commencement of this festival which is celebrated with buying of new utensils. Chhoti Diwali or Chaturdashi is the second day when devotees bath before daybreak as it is propitious. Lakshmi Puja is performed on the third day to seek blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Govardhan Puja is performed on fourth day. On the fifth and last day Bhai Dooj is observed which is celebrated by brothers and sisters.

Depending on the cycle of moon, Diwali is celebrated in the month of October or November. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on 5th November. The exquisite show of diyas or clay lamps presents dazzling beauty on Diwali night. Fireworks and firecrackers add exuberance to the festival. Diwali night is the night of ‘amavasya’ but the lavish lighting show brightens the night. It is necessary to take precautions on Diwali to avoid any mishap. Be careful while playing with firecrackers and being amidst diyas and electric lights, so that this festival of light brightens your life and darkness flees from your life as well as your soul.

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