How many of us are aware that Diwali is the festival of lights ! Those who are unaware about it, should have glimpse of Diwali that illuminates the darkness of the New Year's moon, and strengthens our close friendships and knowledge, with a self-realization! Let us have a glimpse of it in brief so that others could be induced to celebrate it with gaiety in their sweet home!
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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 falls on the 5th of November 2010 during this calendar 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. Homes 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. On this day ,we worship the deities of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi for well-being of all of us and other members of our familyThe 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 coronation was celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. By order of the royal families of Ayodhya and Mithila, 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 fourteen years of exile, ending with an across-the-seas war in which the whole of the kingdom of Lanka was destroyed. 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 (earthen lamps)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'. On 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 etc. on preceding day of Diwai known as Dhanteras.. The legend goes that by keeping gold & silvers everywhere in the house and by lightening at & around the house, the life of a married Prince was saved by his spouse from snake bite as envisaged earlier through prophesy soon after the birth of that Prince that at certain young age ,he will die because of snake-bite and that kept the King & Queen very perplexed. The Prince was married hurriedly. His spouse was aware of that prophesy and just to safeguard entry of any snake, she decided to get her entire house illuminated and floors spread with gold and silver on that particular day when the Price was prophesized to meet with death by snake-bite. Her presence of mind saved life of her husband and since then, people use to buy some silver or gold made things on the day of Dhanters. 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. Let us celebrate Diwali with great fervor!