Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali, is one of the most prominent festivals of the Hindu community. This day is celebrated to honour the triumph of Good over Evil. On this day, Indians decorate their homes and shops with earthen lamps and worship Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity.
According to the ancient calendar, Diwali is observed on amavasya or new moon of the 15th day of Kartik, every year. In 2019, Diwali will be celebrated on 27th October (Sunday).
Background of Diwali
Although, there are no official records stating the origin of Diwali, among many legends about this festival one thing is common; the triumph of good over evil.
It would be apt to say that different parts of the nation celebrate this day for different reasons. The northern part of India observe this day as the occasion when Lord Rama along with wife Sita, brother Lakshman and Hanuman, returned to Ayodhya after defeating the demonic king Ravana. Since, the night they came back was amavasya (no moon day) that is why people light small earthen pots on the night of Diwali.
Wherein South Indians celebrate the occasion as a day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
Further, it is believed that Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi tied the knot on this day. Whereas alternate legends also claim that Goddess Lakshmi was born on the new moon of Kartik month.
Diwali Celebrations across India
Hindus throughout the world celebrate Deepavali with utmost joy and enthusiasm. In major parts of India, people clean and decorate their homes, buy new clothes, jewellery and utensils. In every home, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi along with valuable items are worshipped for good health and wealth. After the puja is concluded, devotees distribute sweets and gifts among neighbours and friends.
Kids along with elders burst crackers and light candles for celebrating this occasion. Diwali is observed as a Gazetted holiday throughout the nation. In northern India, the festivities of Diwali take place for 5 days.
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