Diwali in Jammu and Kashmir
in Jammu and Kashmir
Diwali is as happy occasion in Jammu &
Kashmir Province, as in rest of India. During any festive season, the whole
city of Jammu brightens up and there is lot of excitement in the air.
Watching or taking part in the Diwali festivities, can be an interesting
experience in this state. Diwali is celebrated with traditional fervor and
joy, in special style.
The people of this state celebrate this day with great festivity. People
decorate their houses much in advance in preparation of this festival. Some
give a new paint to their homes while others clean their homes thoroughly.
This is the occasion for buying new things - a new home, a new car,
furniture, clothes, utensils etc.
On the day of Diwali people get up early in the morning and then put on new
clothes, go to temples, and purchase lots of sweets and dry fruit for
distribution among friends, relatives and colleagues. They also purchase
earthen lamps, candles and electric accessories for illuminating their homes
and business establishments. For children it is a day of merry making. They
enjoy by playing with crackers especially at night time. They also receive
cash from Parents and relatives as Diwali Gifts.
Celebrations By Kashmiri Pundits
Deepawali is one of the oldest rituals for Kashmiri Pundits. We find a
mention of its celebrations in Nilmat Puran
. It was then
celebrated as Sukhsuptika
which literally means sleep with
happiness. The celebration would start from Ekadeshi
last till Amavasya
. On Amavasya elders of family would
keep a fast and worship goddess Laxmi after sunset. Earthen lamps are placed
in temples, on the road crossings, cremation grounds, banks of rivers,
streams and lakes hill houses, at the foot of trees, cow sheds, court yards
and shops. People would wear new clothes and listen to music.