Diwali Date – 23 OCT, 2014
Diwali is a Festival of Lights in India, it precedes choti diwali, Dhanteras, and then followed by bhai duj, padwa, govardhan puja, laxmi-ganesha poojan.
Diwali is a festival which is celebrated by exchanging Gifts and greetngs, Making Rangoli, forwarding Diwali messages, Firing Crackers and doing Puja Rituals.
Why is Diwali celebrated?
Diwali is an Indian festival of lights, which is observed on the day when Moon is not arise i.e. “Amavashya”. This actually Symbolizes victory of Light over darkness i.e. good over evil. Light symbolizes Hope and positivity and kills the darkness around our life.
Its believed that on this very day Lord Rama returned Ayodhya, after killing Ravana and Whole Ayodhya was decorated with lights and other things. Its victory of good over evil.
Importance of Diwali
Diwali festival gets started with Dhanteras or Dhan Trayodashi, which is observed two days before Diwali. On this auspicious day, people bring golds and Silver in their house, which symbolizes bringing wealth into the house, alog with Maa Lakshmi. On this day, Diya made up of Atta (wheat) is being lighten up and put outside the house, as an invitation to Lakshmi.
After Dhanteras there comes Narak Chaturdashi, which is also known as Choti diwali. Diyas are also lighten up on this day.
Then comes Badi diwali on the next day. On this day, people lighten up their house with candles and diyas and also decorate their house with electric lights to bring happiness into their life. Fire crackers are also bursted on this day.
Legends of Diwali
Lord Ganesha and Maa lakshmi are being worshipped along with others in a very traditional way with Mantras and other things. Kuber ji , who is regarded as lord of dhan i.e wealth is also worshipped.
The fourth day of Diwali is devoted to Govardhan Pooja (worship of Lord Govardhan Parvat). The fifth day of the Diwali is Bhai Dooj, the time to honor the brother-sister relationship.