Deepavali simply refers to “lights in a row” or “lights in a series.” Diwali is not only a festival of light but it basically signifies happiness, prosperity, and celebrations. Diwali, like many cultural celebrations, is also about delicious food. It’s a time to get together with relatives and friends and enjoy a feast.
Moreover, Rangoli is a renowned Diwali practice that entails making colorful designs with color powders and petals. To greet the gods and provide good luck, people create Rangoli on the floor near their homes’ entrances.
Diwali is a Hindu festival that honors Lakshmi, the goddess of riches, as well as celebrating the glorious victory of good over evil. Despite the fact that Diwali is most commonly linked with Hinduism, it is observed by people of various faiths. Sikhs mark the day as Guru Hargobind’s liberation from captivity, to mark this auspicious day, the Golden Temple is illuminated with spectacular lighting and host fireworks.
Moreover Jains mark it as Lord Mahavira’s enlightenment. For some Buddhists, the day is a celebration of Ashok Vijayadashami’s adoption of Buddhism.
Diwali celebrations are the most extended and popular in India, people all over the world join in the fun.
Spiritual Meaning of Diwali
It is a festival of light, although being the darkest night of the darkest hours, on the thirteenth/fourteenth day of the dark half of the Kartika Masa (October – November). Deepavali or Diwali, like every other Indian festival, has a profound message than simply lighting Diyas, donning new garments, sharing sweets, and blowing fireworks.
The sloka ‘Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya’, which signifies “Lead me from darkness to light,” defines the spirit of Diwali. Similarly, in order to remove despair, poverty, and sickness, we must light the lamps of joy, fortune, and wisdom.
5 Days of Diwali Celebrations
Dhanteras, the first day, is a festival of fortune and prosperity. It’s two days before Diwali, and people all over the world gamble since it’s believed that whoever bets on this day will be blessed with fortune for the rest of the year, due to Goddess Parvati’s blessing.
The second day of Diwali, Naraka Chaturdasi, symbolizes Lord Krishna’s and his wife Satyabhama’s final win over the evil Naraka.
On the Main day, devotees worship the Goddess Laxmi on the third day, Amavasya because many consider she is in a highly generous phase during this time and often fulfills wishes to her devotees.
People also relate anecdotes about Lord Vishnu taking the form of a dwarf and expelling Bali to hell on Amavasya. Bali is only free to travel the world again at the festival of lights, delivering Lord Vishnu’s message of love, kindness, and enlightenment while also lighting Diyas along the way.
After Diwali, on the fourth day, people do Gowardhan Puja, in which they worship Lord Krishna.
Yama Dwitiya, also termed as Bhai Dooj, is marked on the fifth or final day and is connected with sisters welcoming their brothers into their homes.
Diwali Celebrations All Around the World
Hindus and non-Hindus together participate in Diwali celebrations all around the world. Fiji, Guyana, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago are among the countries that have declared the event an official holiday. Apart from India, the city of Leicester in the United Kingdom is said to host the largest Diwali celebrations.