What Is The Meaning Of Diwali?
What is Diwali? I don't live in India so I am curious to India's celebrations, holidays and festivals. I have seen that Diwali is a very popular holiday in India, but am unsure what it is exactly about, such as when is Diwali observed, what it is for and what the history behind it is. I would hopefully like to get an in-depth explanation from someone that actually celebrates or observes Diwali every year.
Diwali is called the festival of lights which overally celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Diwali falls on any single auspicious date between in the middle of October and in the middle of November every year. This extremely popular festival is celebrated for various reasons including honoring Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile to his rightful kingdom (in the famous Indian epic Ramayana) and Lord Krishna's valiant feats of defeating evil demon-kings (another famous Indian epic - Mahabharata). This special festival is celebrated with much joy, happiness and fanfare by people of all ages. Indian people wear new clothes, make delicious food and sweets, give sweets to their friends & relatives, light tiny lamps in their homes to honour Goddess Lakshmi, and burst firecrackers(trademark of Diwali festival) to ward off evil spirits.
Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, according to the Hindu calendar. This festival commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. The myths around Rama and Ravana are told during another holiday, known as Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami.
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