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What is Diwali and why is it celebrated?

Diwali in Sanskrit means “rows of lit lamps”

This festival of lights is celebrated as the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. It is the most widespread Hindu festival rejoiced all across south Asia.

What is the story about Diwali?

According to the mythology, Ramayana is the story of Lord Rama who is the incarnation of god Vishnu and his wife Sita.

When Lord Rama his brother Lakshmana and Rama’s wife Sita were in exile Demon king Ravana abducted Sita and took her to his island Lanka. Then Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman and an amazing monkey God holding unparalleled powers- Hanuman ranged a war against Lanka King Ravana and defeated him.

On the return of Lord Rama after fourteen years of exile to his kingdom earthen lamps were lit throughout the kingdom and was celebrated as Diwali for the first time.

How do you celebrate Diwali?

Diwali is a festival is of five days rejoiced with lights, Rangoli decorations, music, firework, Pooja and sharing of gifts and sweets with friends and relatives.

People make their homes ready for Diwali by cleaning the homes and decorating them with lights and flowers.

On the night of Diwali or the Deepavali festival, people wear new clothes and perform puja of goddess Lakshmi by offering payers for good health, wealth, and prosperity.

What is the purpose of Diwali?

Diwali has religious importance. It is one of the most popular Festivals in India.

Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil, knowledge over unawareness, light over darkness, and hope over misery.

What are the 5 days of Diwali?

Diwali celebration is of 5days which is

  • The first day is Dhanteras or the day of fortune
  • The second day is Naraka Chaturdashi or the days of knowledge
  • The third day is Diwali or the day of light
  • The fourth day is Annakut or the beginning of the new year for Hindu’s
  • The fifth day is Bhai Duj or the day of affection between siblings.

How do you celebrate Diwali at home?

The celebration starts with people buying jewellery and utensils on Dhanteras. This is an auspicious occasion to buy any kind of metal as it is believed to ward off evil and bring prosperity.

We prepare our home for Diwali by cleaning and removing unused, unwanted things that clutter the home, then decorate our home with lightings, flowers and prepare homemade sweets.

On the days of Diwali, we wear new clothes, perform goddess Lakshmi puja with the family and seek divine blessing for good health, wealth, and prosperity.

We light earthen Diya and meet friends, exchange gifts, sweets, and wishes.