Navratri ( refer to my previous post) is followed by Diwali. It is the festival of lights celebrated by the Hindus, Sikhs , Jains. Also referred to as deepavali. One of the most significant festival of India. Signifies the triumph of light over darkness. Victory of good over evil. As a part of the celebration people decorate and light up their house post sunset with diyas and display of firecrackers is done for each of of the 5 days Preparation for this festival begins weeks before the actual festival. Houses are cleant thoroughly from every nook and corner. Walls are scrubbed; old things not needed anymore are all discarded. New clothes, home ware kitchenware etc is purchased. All this is done since it is believed that the the time when the goddess laxmi visits the home.
The history of the holiday dates to the 15th century and the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita who return home after defeating the demon king Ravanna. The days leading up to Diwali have different significance and vary across regions and beliefs with many Indians also honoring the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, during the celebrations.
For Sikhs, Diwali marks the release of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment, for Jains the holiday marks the liberation of the soul from death and rebirth and for Buddhists the day marks the decision of Emperor Ashoka to embark on a path to peace.
What are the days of diwali?
The five days of diwali are as follows :-
The first day is called dhanteras.On this day it is tradition to buy gold, silver, ornaments or whatever is suitable as per one’s budget Since dhanteras signifies wealth and property it is considered auspicious t do so.
Day2 of Diwali is called naraka chaturdashi. On thids day family, relatives visit each others homes , greet each other, and exchange dry fruits and gifts.
Laksmi pooja is a hindu religious ritual that is carried put on the third day.Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity She is worshiped to remove troubles that prevent us from starting a spiritual path or business.Lakshmi Puja is performed for prosperity, material abundance, and spiritual prosperity. She is worshipped to remove troubles that prevent us from starting a spiritual path or business. Wear Indian clothes, get blessings from elders,
Day5 is called bhau bheej. It is a day dedicated to sisters. On this day it is a practice for sisters to gift their brothers. This day also marks the end of the five days of the Diwali festival.