It’s time for the eagerly anticipated festival of light. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a festival that is enthusiastically observed throughout India because it represents the triumph of good over evil. Since the beginning of time, people have celebrated Diwali, which is derived from the Sanskrit word “Dipavali,” which means a row of lights.
Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Lord Ram killed Ravana (Dussehra) and rescued Sita from Lankan captivity. The festival commemorates Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile. The entire city was decorated, and the populace lit diyas (earthen lamps) to welcome their king, Lord Rama, Sita, and Laxman.
The first day of this five-day festival is Dhanteras, which welcomes and celebrates luck, wealth, and prosperity. In order to ward off bad luck and bring wealth and prosperity, people purchase jewelry and household items on Dhanteras. Dhanteras is followed by Chhoti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj to conclude this festival.
How to Celebrate Diwali “the Festival of Lights”
“Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” and no one can explain this better than Diwali celebrants. People begin cleaning their homes and offices months in advance to prepare for this grand festival. They then embellish their surroundings with flowers, lamps, lights, and rangolis.
Food, like all other Indian festivals, plays an important role in Diwali. Every household prepares food fit to feed a kingdom, whether it be mouthwatering sweets or mouthwatering savories. To wish their friends and families luck and prosperity for the upcoming days, many people also give them sweets.
On Dhanteras, people begin the celebration by purchasing jewelry and household items. Any type of metal should be purchased on this auspicious occasion because it is thought to ward off evil and bring good fortune.
The two days after that, Chhoti Diwali and Diwali, are the most anticipated and enjoyable days of the festival. After performing puja and making prayers to the gods, the evening begins. Then people light diyas and set off fireworks. A joyful tone permeates the entire environment. The festival of lights concludes with Bhai Dooj, which is very similar to Raksha Bandhan in that it is a celebration of love between a brother and sister, on the fourth day after Govardhan puja is performed.