Diwali, also known as Deepawali, the festival of lights, is one the biggest Indian festivals and is celebrated to cherish the return of Lord Ram, who returned to his kingdom after 14 years of exile during which he had defeated Ravana. Lord Ram is considered to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. Diwali is not only celebrated in India but in other nations as well like Dubai, Australia, and the United States of America where Indians reside.
The word Deepawali originates from the words Deepa (the clay lamps) and avali, which means row. Clay lamps of varied sizes, shapes, and colors are lighted outside the houses and various other places. People renovate and paint their houses, and decorate them with strings of lightings of various colors and oil-burning bowls also called as diyas. Diwali is declared as a national holiday in India which is for one or two days. People go to other’s houses as guests and also meet their relatives.
Delicacies like Chakli, Karanji, Laddo are prepared in households as a part of the celebration and distributed to family members, relatives, and guests who come to the host’s home during Diwali celebration. Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals which is generally celebrated in the month of October or November and lasts for four to five days.
The first day of Diwali celebration is called as Dhanteras, in which “Dhan” means money, and “teras” refers to the 13th day of the lunar fortnight as per the Hindu calendar. The second day is called as Narak Chaturdashi, it is on this day that the demon Naraksura was destroyed. Huge effigies of the demon are burnt in Goa on this day.
The fourth day is celebrated as Bali Pratipada in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to celebrate the victory of Lord Vishnu over the demon king Bali. Bhai Duj is the fifth day of Diwali celebrations which celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters similar to that of Raksha Bandhan.
Firecrackers are burnt during Diwali, as it is considered to be the festival of lights. Although, now Supreme Court has now brought restrictions on the burning of crackers so as to put a crackdown on air pollution. Supreme Court has allowed firecrackers to be burnt only during the time period 8 PM to 10 PM as per the Indian standard time and only those crackers which are environment-friendly an are less noisy and cause less pollution
Diwali, the Biggest Indian Festival Celebrated All Around the Nation With Fervour
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