Good over Evil, Light over Darkness, Hope over Despair. Gone the days of sadness & despair, B’Coz, Diwali brings with it days full of light, love and happiness.
Festival of Lights. Return of Lord Ram with his wife and brother, to Ayodhya. Welcoming Lord Lakshmi into the homes. Due to cultural diversity, there are a lot of legends linked to Diwali celebration in India. But, regardless of the different reasons for Diwali celebration, the true meaning of celebrating it is happiness. And that is common in all of the different cultures.
Decorating houses with rangolis, lightening Diyas and Crackers, enjoying sweet delicacies are some of the common Diwali traditions. And doing all these activities with the whole family is the one true essence of Diwali. To celebrate the beginning of a new year with the whole family.
The Significance of the Five Days of Diwali
Most of you would know Diwali as one of the biggest Festival of India. And not just in India, the festival is celebrated in different countries of the world like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, Australia, Mauritius, etc.
The whole country celebrates this festival of light to acknowledge the victory of Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness. That starts with Dhanteras and ends at Bhai Duj.
Let’s find out what significance holds these five days of Diwali:
Dhanteras marks the beginning of all the Diwali festivities. The day is considered very auspicious and is solely dedicated to the goddess of wealth, Goddess Lakshmi. And because of that, people buy something precious, specifically gold, silver, gemstones, new utensils and clothes.
In some parts of India, like Gujarat, this day holds more important than the actual Diwali day and most people would hold Lakshmi, Kuber and Ganesha Pooja on this day.
2. Chhoti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi:
The day is celebrated for the victory of Lord Krishna slaying the demon Narakasura and rescuing 16,000 captive princesses.
With Diwali just a day away, people start decorating, the streets and homes are already seen twinkling with Diyas and lights.
On the 3rd day, the celebration is at its fullest, with Diwali as the grand finale. According to the legends, on this day, people of Ayodhya lit up the whole city to celebrate the return of Lord Ram, after rescuing his wife from the demon Ravana, with an epic battle.
In the evenings, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped, as it is believed that she enters the homes of devotees and blesses them with good fortune and wealth. And with that, starts the actual Diwali celebration: Lightening Diyas and crackers, visiting relatives, exchanging gifts, etc.
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4. Govardhan Puja or Padva:
The Northern states of India like Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar celebrate the day as Govardhan Puja, as this day Krishna defeated Indra and asked the people to worship nature. Whereas, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka celebrate this day as Padva.
On this day, people usually make a small mound of cow dung and worship it. Also, people go to temples to give food offerings to Lord Krishna.
5. Bhai Duj:
The 5th day and the last day of Diwali end with the celebration of the Sibling bond. On this day, Brothers visit their sisters and promise to protect them. In return, sisters prepare sweets especially in honour of their brothers and pray for their long lives and prosperity.
Enjoying a Cracker Free Diwali: #CrackerfreeDiwali
Diwali is not just about lightening crackers and Diyas but literally lightening someone’s life. Whether it is your family, friends or just a stranger, do something for them. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, just a little sign of care and concern will do.
Millions of crackers are burned each year for the Diwali celebration in India. Most of you know how much these Diwali crackers and fireworks create pollution. But still, we just do nothing about it and continue doing it as if we don’t know how much difficulties we are creating for people with asthma and lung disorders.
Tips for a Safe and a Healthy Diwali
- Try to enjoy the festival gadget-free and spend more time with your family and friends.
- You’ll be surrounded by lots of oily and fried foods but avoid eating too much of them.
- Definitely say No to Crackers
- With all the festivities and fun, don’t forget to stay hydrated
- This Diwali, select gifts that contribute more to health.
- Instead of buying food and sweets from outside. Try to make them at home.
- For Asthma patients, this time is very difficult, so keep your inhalers with you all the time.
- Also, with all the air pollution from crackers and fireworks, use air pollution masks.
This Diwali, make it about others. Let’s pledge to not use crackers or fireworks, this time. So, others can enjoy the festival just as much. Also, don’t forget to enjoy yourselves. And, do tell us how you celebrate Diwali at Home.
Have a Safe and Healthy Diwali….