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Diwali Festival In India
"Diwali", the festival of lights, illuminates the
darkness of the New Year's moon, and strengthens our close friendships and
knowledge, with a self-realization!
Diwali is celebrated on a nation-wide scale on Amavasya - the 15th day of
the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, (October/November) every
year. It symbolizes that age-old culture of India which teaches to vanquish
ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the
light of knowledge. Diwali, the festival of lights even to-day in this
modern world projects the rich and glorious past of India.
Every year on the dark nights of Diwali the sound of firecrackers announces
the celebration of the favorite festival of Indians
are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps are
lit to create a world of fantasy. Of all the festivals celebrated in India,
Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. Enthusiastically enjoyed
by people of every religion, its magical and radiant touch creates an
atmosphere of joy and festivity.
The ancient story of how Diwali evolved into such a widely celebrated
festival is different in various regions and states of India. In the north,
particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar and the surrounding
areas, Diwali is the day when King Rama's
celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of
Lanka. By order of the royal families of Ayodhya
, the kingdom of which Sita was princess, the
cities and far-flung boundaries of these kingdoms were lit up with rows of
lamps, glittering on dark nights to welcome home the divine king Rama and
his queen Sita after 14 years of exile, ending with an across-the-seas war
in which the whole of the kingdom of Lanka
On the day of Diwali festival, doorways are hung with torans of mango
leaves and marigolds. Rangolis
are drawn with different
colored powders to welcome guests. The traditional motifs are often linked
with auspicious symbols of good luck. Oil diyas are arranged in and around
the house. Because of these flickering lamps, the festival has acquired its
name : Dipawali or Diwali meaning 'a rows of lamps'
this day, people buy something for the house or some jewelry for the women
of the house. It is auspicious to be buy something metallic, such as silver.
Whatever may be the fables and legends behind the celebrations of Diwali,
all people exchange sweets, wear new clothes and buy jewelry at this festive
time. Card parties are held in many homes. Diwali has become commercialized
as the biggest annual consumer spree because every family shops for sweets,
gifts and fireworks. However, in all this frenzy of shopping and eating, the
steady, burning lamp is a constant symbol of an illuminated mind.
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