Diwali—the festival of lights is celebrated in an entire India, mainly by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. It is the day when Lord Ram marked the victory of good over evil. The day encourages people to move on in life, let go past grudges and celebrate tomorrow.

The month of October-November is completely dedicated to the festivals, ancient histories, victory, and more. The months are the bringer of happiness, joy, and celebration. People in India proudly prepare things such as earthen lamps, candlelights, décor things; colors to make rangoli, colorful paper chandeliers, and the sweet smell of delicious sweets that bring water to the mouth.

In the evening, people worship idols of gods and goddesses and desire to get their wishes to fulfill. It is the time when friends and family come together to celebrate this charming day and welcome the winter season by offering each other sweets and painting them in the festivity. And, at night, lighten up earthen lamps, candles, and crackers. That’s how India and its people like to sum up the Diwali celebration in India.

Importance of Diwali Celebration

The festival of earthen lamps, sweets, and victory is celebrated as the wonderful homecoming of Lord Ram with Sita and Lakshman after defeating Ravana; the demon king, and their long exile of 14 years. Diwali means a thrilling and joyous row of lights; Diyas, were lit up by the Ayodhyans—the citizens of Ayodhya to welcome their King Ram. However, the day is also celebrated as it marks Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi’s marriage.

However, in most of the regions, Lord Ganesha is worshipped, who is a god of auspiciousness and wisdom. That’s not all; Diwali also marks the anniversary of liberation or Nirvana of Maharishi Dayanand in Arya Samaj. In West Bengal, the day is celebrated to worship Goddess Kali, who is the prime power, energy, and shakti of this world.

Other reasons for celebrating Diwali

Moreover, Diwali is not just a homecoming of Lord Rama. Here are some of the unknown reasons for celebrating Diwali in India so beautifully.

Krishna killed Narakaasur: a day before Diwali, Gopala, or Krishna defeats Narakaasur, who invaded the three worlds, was killed by the lord. The next day of Diwali is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi by devotees of Madhav.

Birth of Goddess Lakshmi: Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most principal deities and a manifestation of Adishakti of Hindu religion and also the ‘Goddess of Wealth’ is worshiped on Diwali for prosperity and wealth.

The return of Pandavas: as described in Mahabharata, Pandavas defeated the Kaurava and returned on this day from the 12 long, painful years of banishment. This is a very auspicious day of Kartik Amavasya, which comes every year.

Lord Vishnu Saves Goddess Lakshmi: on the same day, Lord Vishnu took his 5th incarnation as Vamana-avatar to save Goddess Lakshmi from the captivation of King Bali.

Liberation day of Jains

This is the most auspicious day for Jains because, on this day, Mahavir Tirthankar gets his liberation or Nirvana, who is considered to be the founder of modern Jainism.

Mahavir left his royal life and family to become a monastic. It undertakes fasting and mortifications, thus it is considered special for Jains.

How Diwali is celebrated in India

Traditionally, the festival of lights is celebrated on the third day of the festival and Deepavali 2020 falls on 14th November. It is one of the most famous festivals in India, which is celebrated across India with great excitement and joy.

People on the same day buy silver or gold jewelry.

However, Indian festivals and events have deep and spiritual significance, apart from fun aspects and celebratory. People this day indulge themselves in various activities in order to perform puja beautifully.

Before the Diwali celebration, people enthusiastically clean their homes to welcome Lord Ram, Sita, and Laksham. After cleaning the homes, they buy new clothes and housewares and wear new clothes at night, share gifts, and eat sweets.

And, on the eve of Diwali, people decorate their homes with little diyas, flowers; women create elaborate rangolis on the floor with color powders and blasts firecrackers at night on the terrace.

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