Saturday, August 24, 2019

History and Significance of Diwali, the Festival of Lights | AIB

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in India that is mainly celebrated by the Hindus. It is also known as the festival of light. “Diwali,” which is also referred as Deepavali and Divali, every year, the date of this festival is calculated by the Hindu lunar calendar. 

There are many historical reasons to celebrate the Diwali in India. Diwali has strong roots in Indian mythology. More than 800 million people celebrate this festival in various ways. In North India, Diwali is history to remember the return of Lord Sri Rama, his wife Sita, and his faithful brother Laxmanna after completing fourteen years in exile. Lord Rama returned after defeating the king Ravana who abducted his wife, Sita. In the West of India, it is celebrated in honor of the marriage of the Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. In South India, people rejoice over the defeat of the Narakasura by Lord Krishna. In Bengal, people honor the fearsome Goddess Kali on the occasion of Diwali.

Diwali festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the houses are decorated with lights, lamps, and candles as a sign of celebration and hope. Diwali also marks a major shopping festival in the places where it is celebrated. There are special discounts and offers that businesses provide to their customers. Buying new things during this festival is considered to be good. Preparations for the Diwali festival starts before the month people buy gifts and visit friends and family, those who stay away from their homes make a plan to visit their hometowns to celebrate with their loved ones.

Diwali empowers people to understand their true inner self. The spirit is what awakens those who celebrate it and bring peace and prosperity to their homes. Light and diyas are illuminated to indicate driving out of darkness and ignorance as well as the awakening of the light within ourselves. Diwali is a time for family gatherings, meals, and parties.

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