October 18, 2022 7 min read
Diwali, also called Deepavali, is a meaningful festival in India. The glorious festival of Diwali is celebrated with great satisfaction and vitality. During this time, individuals beautify their homes with diyas and lights, make lovely rangolis, purchase new apparel, greet people, exchange gifts, rejoice in the flavorful treats, and much more.
There are various stories behind the existence of Diwali. Still, the most boundless belief is that Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama alongside Goddess Sita and Laxman from his 14-year exile to the kingdom of Ayodhya. The people of Ayodhya had lit up the whole empire with earthen diyas to show delight toward their ruler, which led to Diwali - The Festival of Lights.
The Diwali festival isn't simply a one-day festival, it's a five-day-long cheerful occasion that begins with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dhooj.
Let's dig into the depth of the 5 days of Diwali and know the historical belief behind it.
Day 1: The festival's first day begins on the day of Dhanteras. Hindus worship Goddess Laxmi, or the Goddess of Wealth, on this day, where this sparkling day is committed to her. People buy gold, silver, precious stones, garments, electronics and kitchenware on this auspicious day to indicate favourable luck. Diyas and candles are lit in the evening by the devotees to welcome the Goddess Laxmi into their lives.
Day 2: This day is called Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali. It is a momentous day for Hindus as on this day, it is believed that Lord Krishna had defeated the demon King Narakasur. Therefore, this day is all about eradicating the bad from your lives. People clean up their households and adorn them splendidly with diyas. Lovely rangolis are being made outside the houses to get all the Diwali vibes.
Day 3: The third day is considered as the main day of Diwali or Deepavali. Brightly lit houses and streets, firecrackers in the sky, and visiting friends and relatives are the most cheerful elements of Diwali. On the busy streets of Diwali, people shop for everything they need for this happy occasion. People do Laxmi puja to worship the Goddess of wealth. Individuals who have businesses conduct Chopda Pujan on this day in their new accounts books for the upcoming year. All of these make Diwali, the festival of lights illuminating and significant all over the globe.
Day 4: Govardhan Puja is performed on the fourth day of the Diwali festival. Years ago, on this day, Lord Krishna saved the individuals from the outrage of Lord Indra by lifting the Govardhan Mountain. The custom has been followed from that point, and Govardhan Puja has been performed yearly. This day denotes the start of the New Year/ Padva. Wearing new attires, jewellery and greeting family members is also a custom that is followed. Sweets and dry fruits are offered to the guests on this special occasion.
Day 5: Bhai Dhooj, or Bhau Beej, is the last and final day of the Diwali festivity. This day is mainly for all brothers and sisters to express their love and bond. On this day, the sisters apply tikka on the brother's forehead, followed by the arti. The brother vows to safeguard his sister while the sister prays to God for her brother's long life. Further, the brothers pamper them with beautiful gifts while the sisters treat their brothers with a sumptuous spread.
With this, Diwali - The Festival of Lights, a mesmerizing celebration across the nation, ends.
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