Do we really need to define what Diwali is all about? Diwali celebrations are a world-wide event today. It is one of the biggest Hindi festivals of India. Diwali symbolizes various positive energies such as happiness, joy, light, hope, faith, spirituality, and humanity. People forget their caste, culture, religion, and gather to celebrate this auspicious day by greeting each other.
Diwali celebrations and its excitement begin days before the actual day. You will find streets filled with flowers, decorative, lanterns, fireworks, and colours on sale.
After years of resentment, struggle, and hardship, Lord Ram along with wife Sita and brother Laxman returned Ayodhyaya by defeating demon Raavan. It is the main reason why people celebrate Diwali to welcome Ram. On the day when Ram arrived was Amavasya (no moonlight), thus, people lighted Diyas to show him the way to his Kingdom.
The same festival also has many other prominent stories attached in Mythology. Lord Vishnu defeated Narkasura as believed by people of Southern India. Diwali is also the New Year for Hindus.
Diwali is the most awaited festival of India. It is a five day celebration for Hindus. People from other religion gather too to exchange greetings. People worship Goddess Laxmi as the symbol of prosperity on the grand evening of Laxmi Pujan followed by a grand feast.
New clothes are bought, rangoli is made out of flowers and colors, and fireworks are lit along with lanterns to celebrate Diwali. House cleaning is of utmost importance during Diwali to welcome positive energies at home and get rid of anything negative.
Some families also play cards to with friends and loved ones all night by singing, dancing, and playing music. It is a sight to see in India and other parts of the world too where Hindus reside.
People of different caste prepare different food items during Diwali. However, some major items include Chakli, Pedas, Jalebis, Ladoos, Chivda, Halwa, and more… Most families prepare the meals at home. Children also love to help in the household chores.
The grand feast may include anything the family awaits and love the most. People either visit the restaurants or hotels to enjoy the meals or order food at home. However, no one steps outside on the night of Laxmi Pujan after lighting diyas at home.
Pep up yourself as Diwali is almost near and we need to do our best to make the most of Diwali amidst the pandemic. Take all the necessary precautions and do not miss to celebrate it with full spirits. Wishing you all a very prosperous Diwali.