Celebrations of Festival of lights
Deepavali (Deeba Oli) or Diwali is generally celebrated as a festival of lights by the Hindus from India and all over the world. This festival is mostly celebrates during end of October or early November. The name Diwali is the short form of Deepavali and is celebrated to signify the triumph of the good over the evil spirits. Lord Krishna won the battle against the evil Narakasuran and saved people from danger. Hence this day is celebrated by Hindus as Diwali.
The Tradition and its Significance
Hindus worldwide celebrate Deepavali, by getting up early in the morning and taking an oil bath. They wear new dresses and make sweets and distribute these to their neighbours. They also burst crackers in a spirit of joy to celebrate diwali. While the first day of Diwali is celebrated as a good mark, the second day is celebrated as Dhanteras to indicate the happiness on the death of evil Narakasuran. The third day of Deepavali is celebrated as “Nonbu” often called as Lakshmi pooja to thank Goddess Lakshmi.
Every Hindu lights up more lamps during night time while celebrating the festive season. They go to their relatives and friends house to share the joy and celebrate diwali in a grand manner. Diwali is also celebrated to mark the success of reaping good yields from the farms by the farmers and to start the next year in good tone and spirit.
True Meaning of Diwali
While Diwali is celebrated as the festival of lights and enjoyed in different ways across India in various towns, the true meaning is to rejoice one’s inner light which is commonly known as Athma. The main objective of lighting lamps is to eradicate the darkness which signifies ignorance and to bring light within which indicates immense knowledge. Even today, Hindus all over the world celebrate Deepavali in a traditional way remembering the ancient ways of celebrating it. If they don’t get a clay lamp to lit, they simply go for electric lamps/lanterns to help them illustrate their support for this grand occasion. With the advent of technology, few people might not follow the traditions as such, but still they have the spirit and energy to celebrate the festival of lights in a grand manner.
The Procedure and Trends Surrounding This Joyous Occasion
Hindus get up early in the morning at about 4am and as a tradition they apply castor oil on their heads to take away the heat and make the body cool. After sometime, they bath in hot water and wear new clothes. They make delicious sweets and snacks and distribute with joy and smile in their faces to all their relatives, friends and neighbors. The evening ends of with a bang as they burst crackers and light lamps to celebrate the end of evil.
The origin of Diwali
Though the origin of the festival of lights is not known exactly till date, it is considered as one of the oldest festivals dating back to a few hundred centuries. Lord Ram, Lord Krishna and Goddess Lakshmi are the deities involved in this festival and are worshiped by Hindus across the world to attain peace, prosperity and joy in life. After Diwali, Hindus save some clay lamps and crackers to celebrate “Karthikai Deepam” in the month of December. However, this is more specific to South India (Tamil Nadu) as the God worshiped here is Lord Murugan (son of Lord Shiva). On the whole, Deepavali brings joy and happiness to those who celebrate it.