What is Diwali?
Diwali is the Hindu Festival which is celebrated every year in the month of October or November. This year Diwali in 2017 will be celebrated on 19th October. The Word “Diwali” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means a row of light. Diwali is also known as “Dipotsavam” which means “Festival of Lights”. Not just India, it is also an official Festivals in many countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Suriname, etc. Diwali 2017 is a symbol of victory of Light over Darkness and Good over Evil.
Why is Diwali Celebrated?
Why do Hindu’s Celebrates Diwali?
Diwali is a Five-day Celebration, there are many reasons Diwali2017 is celebrated and they are listed Below:
Homecoming of Lord Ram: One of the most important reasons to celebrate Diwali is the return of Lord Ram, Lakshman, and Maa Sita to their Kingdom “Ayodhya” after defeating the Devil King “Ravan”. On this day people ofAyodhayawelcomed their King Lord Ram and decorated the entire city with earthen Lamps “Diyas”.
Lord Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the 4th Day of Diwali Festival Lord Krishna defeated the Demon Narakaasur and rescued more than 16k women from his slavery.
3. Goddess Lakshmi: There is a belief that on the day of Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) arrives at the home of the people and bless them Wealth, Luck, and Prosperity. That’s a reason people worship Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Ganesh.
Why do Sikhs celebrate Diwali?
Sikhs on the day of Diwali celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas, on this day Guru Har Gobind freed himself along with few Hindu Kings from the prison of Mughals and arrived at the Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple), from that day Sikhs celebrates Bandi Chhor Divas. The Golden Temple is decorated with special lightings, Fireworks, etc.
Why do Jains Celebrates Diwali?
Diwali 2017 is also an important day for Jains across the world. Jains celebrate Diwali as a day of remembering Mahavira. On Diwali morning people prays to Mahavira and offers Nirvana ladoo in Jain temples.
Why do Buddhist Celebrates Diwali?
In Nepal, Newar Buddhist Celebrates Diwali same way as Hindu Celebrates. It is also known as Diwali – Tihar festival. Newar Buddhist also prays to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu on Diwali.
Diwali is the most awaited and happiest festival in India and Nepal. On this day, people renovate, paints and clean their homes, decorates them for Diwali. Diwali is also the biggest shopping season in India, people purchase new clothes for themselves and families, exchanges gifts, electronics sales are at peak during this time. Many companies and shopkeepers also give discounts to people to attracts customers to themselves and to maximize sales and profit.
People working in different cities or country take a leave from their job as well as the students studying in the hostels also takes a leave from the schools because everyone wants to celebrate Diwali 2017 with their family members in the hometown. The trains, buses and even the airplanes are full on this season. That’s why people book the tickets before the season begins.