This year Diwali being on November 9th Friday is an auspicious day for all
of us!! I start waiting for Diwali many days before !! I buy new pairs of
clothes and buy lots of fireworks(best part of Diwali)I paint my house, buy
lots of gifts and distribute it amongst my loved ones and start bursting
crackers 10 days before!!On Diwali day I get up early bathe my self and have
some delicious "PENNY"(traditional sweet of Diwali) and perform
Lakshmi Pooja. And I will lit some diyas and burst a lot of crackers!!After
Diwali is over, i miss it a lot!
Diwali Preparations in Indian Homes
Diwali is one the most celebrated festival in India. The festival is the
most joyous of all and is keenly awaited by the people. There is huge
excitement amongst Hindus to celebrate the festival in the grandest possible
way. Markets are abuzz with activity as people indulge in a major shopping
spree in shops loaded with goods.
Preparations for Diwali festival begin months in advance. As there is a
custom to wear new clothes in Diwali there is lot of planning in Indian
houses as to who is going to wear what. Then the dress is to be matched with
whole lot of accessories. A list is also prepared for gifts meant for
relatives and friends. It is believed that Diwali is the best time to build
relationships with thoughtful gifts presented with love. Young ones in the
family are showered with gifts and blessings on Diwali.
Womenfolk make themselves busy with massive house cleaning work that is
taken at this time of the year. This is because it is believed that Goddess
Lakshmi - the Hindu mythological Goddess of Wealth visits only spic and span
houses on Diwali. Some people even get their houses white washed every
Diwali. Upholstery of the houses is redone and the house is given a fresh
new look for the bright Deepawali Festival. Most Indian ladies also prepare
traditional festive goodies like laddoos, pinnis, mathri, papdi and shakkar
pare days before the festival thus setting the mood for Diwali.
For children the biggest joy that Diwali brings is the opportunity to burn
crackers. They start collecting money in their piggy banks months before the
festival so that they are able to purchase the fanciest and loudest of all
crackers. They just love the bright and boisterous part of the Diwali
People staying away from their homes make it a point to visit their family
on Diwali. They start making preparations by getting air or rail tickets
booked days in advance. There is a huge pressure on transport services at
this point in time as everybody wants to reach home at the time of Diwali
The Day of Diwali
... by Ruchi Sinha; Age 23
The day of Diwali in Indian homes if full of excitement and activity.
Rituals begin early in the morning and continue till late in the evening.
People wake up early and clean up their houses. Torans are put up on doors
and the traditional alpana or rangoli is decorated in the front courtyard to
In North India, there is a tradition to buy laiyya - lawa which
are forms of puffed rice. These are bought along with sugar toys that come
in the shape of animals. Children particularly enjoy the shapes of these
sweets. Earthen lamps called Diwali diyas are bought in bulk by the people.
Hindus also get a new pair of artistic Lakshmi Ganesha idol for Lakshmi Puja
that is to be held later in the evening.
Fresh sweets are prepared by lady of the house on Diwali. This could be
laddoos, kheer, halwa or any other special sweet dish. Gifts to be given to
relatives are packed by children. When all is ready and done people start
visiting each other and exchange gifts and Diwali Greetings with a warm hug
and lots of best wishes.
In the evening, people dress up in bright new clothes. Ladies deck
themselves with heavy gold jewelry and adorn their hair with flower strands
or gajras. Diyas are lighted in every corner of the house. Some even
illuminate their house with strands of electric bulbs. When everything is
set it is time for Lakshmi Puja. All family members gather in the worship
room and perform Puja follwed by arti. People pray to God for prosperity and
happiness in their lives and in the lives of those around them.
A lavish family dinner follows Puja. And then comes the time to celebrate
Diwali with crackers. The sky presents a resplendent view with glowing
sparks of crackers. There is jubilation and joy all around.
...by Ravi Thapar; Age 17
Divali is an important feature in the Hindu religion. We celebrate Divali
as the day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating the Devil Ravana.
In Divali, we light diyas or oil lamps all around our homes. Our parents
make sweets and other goodies. We give food to those who need. We invite our
family, friends and relatives over. In Divali we light fire crackers,
rattlers and fire sticks. There are many fireworks in the night of this
Most Spirited Festival
...by Rahul Pedagandham
Diwali is one of the most spirited and important festival. It was on the
day of Diwali that Lord Ramji had come from a war with the evil Ravan.
Diwali festival celebrates the arrival of Ramji in Ayodhya.
Here, I will share my experiences of Diwali that I celebrated with my
family in Oct,2004. My family and I had loads of fun on this day not only
because there were lots of food or firecrackers but because we were all
together and that matters most. Now I will explain to you what we do on this
lovely day. When we wake up, we clean our house inside and out. We do this
because Goddess Laxmi will be visiting us then we take a bath and wear new
clothes. Then we all pray to god and invite our friends. In the evening, we
light big and small light diyas all around the house. We also play a couple
of games and enjoy ourselves. When darkness hits we start the firecrackers.
I love seeing firecrackers because they produce so many bright colors in the
sky. This is followed by the big feast. I love the food that my mom makes
like puri, sweets and much much more. After that everyone leaves and we
again pray to God for a magnificent Diwali day!!!!
The Festival of Lights
...by Geetu Bhanot
Diwali is known as "The Festival of Lights" and celebrated in the
religion of Hinduism. Oil lamps made out of clay are lit to symbolize
celebration and hope for mankind. This festival is celebrated for five days
at the end of the Hindu month Ashwayuja which would be during late October
and early November. Its one of the most popular festivals that Hindus
eagerly wait for. At dusk Diwali celebrators light their lamps (diyas) and
perform a pooja (ceremony/prayer) to Goddess Lakshmi asking for wealth and
prosperity. They also give money to the poor and homeless. Another bright
tradition is to set off firecrackers. Firecrackers as well as diyas
symbolize the battle between Lord Rama and King Ravana. They visit friends
and family and exchange gifts and sweets.
The most prominent belief of Diwali is the return of Lord Rama from his
exile in the forests and his victory over the demon king Ravana. But there
are several different beliefs of the origin of Diwali. Such as, the day when
Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. Another belief is that Diwali
originated as the day when King Bali obeyed the order of Vishnu and went to
rule the nether-world. Diwali is considered one of the foremost holidays in
Hinduism and is my favorite Hindu holiday.