It’s time for vibrant colours, eye-popping fireworks, twinkling lights and delicious food! Ready?
DIWALI THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated in India. People in every nook and cranny of the country welcome the festival with enthusiastic gestures. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. It is a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman after defeating Ravana in Lanka and serving 14 years of exile.
The ambience of Diwali will set in with the preparation by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas and rangolis. The exchange of heartfelt gifts these days have become a mandatory part of the celebration. Friends, families, and colleagues share with each other Diwali gifts as a gesture of showing love and affection. Also, special and grand feast with delicious food that mandatorily includes different varieties of sweets is the special attraction of the occasion.
Fun Facts about Diwali
- The city of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, holds the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Every year, tens of thousands of people gather in the streets to enjoy vibrant shows of light, music and dancing!
- In the region of Bengalpeople worship the goddess Kali, the destroyer of evil forces, during Diwali. And in Nepal (a country bordering north-east India), people celebrate Lord Krishna’s victory over the wicked king Narakaasura.
- It is estimated that Indian households hold a record 11% of the the total gold in the world. And a large chunk of it is bought every year as a custom during the festival of Dhanteras, which usually falls two days before Diwali.
- One of the most recent traditions associated with Diwali is the one in Sikhism. Sikhs celebrate Diwali as the occasion on which their teacher Guru Hargobind Ji was released from the captivity of Mughal ruler Jahangirin Gwalior.
- It is a national holiday in India, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Suriname, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji. And is an optional holiday in Pakistan.