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Diwali festival

Diwali Festival

"Diwali" or "Deepavali" is perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals. It is also known as the Festival of Lights, it is dedicated to the Goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, in the rest of India. It symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps ( earthern diyas) are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. In almost all of India and world where ever it is celebrated the celebrations focus on lights and lamps, and also use for colorful fireworks .

What is Deepavali or Diwali

As the name of this festival suggests 'Deepavali', the meaning of this festival lies in its name only. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Sanskrit word Deepavali means display or cluster of lights that stands for victory of brightness over darkness. Good over Evil. As the knowledge of Sanskrit diminished with the passage of time, the name was popularly modified to Diwali in it's present form.
Diwali is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashvin or Ashwayuja It usually occurs or falls in October/November, and is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited hindu festivals of India. It's significance is equal for Hindus, Jains and Sikhs alike as every one celebrate it with full fervour. Diwali falls on 'Amavasyaa' when there is no moon rise in the night and there is darkness all around. Light being the symbol of hope and positve vibes and things, symbolizes the victory of good over evil and light over darkness.

Significance of 'Diwali'

On the day of Diwali, usually most of the people wear new clothes, share sweets (mithai) and light firecrackers. Business community in Northern parts of India usually start their financial new year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.This festival is usually celebrated in the months of October or November every year. According to the legend 'Diwali' is celebrated for the return of Lord Rama , The King of Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman to Ayodhya from his 14 year old exile or Vanvaas and after a battle in which he killed the demon king Ravana. Legend says that the people lit oil lamps along the way to light their path in the darkness. In Northern parts of India, the festival is held on the final day of the 'Vikram Calender'. The following day marks the beginning of the North Indian New Year which is called 'Annakut'.

'Diwali' is not only celebrated as a festival of celebrations of Lights, fire work and crackers, cleanliness, social gatherings to exchange greetings and sharing sweets (mithai) with our loved ones but it is also celebrated as a festival which signifies spiritualism and religious activities such as worship of Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth), worship of Lord Ganesha, worship of Goddess Kali, worship of Lord Chitragupta and worship of Govardhan Parvat (mountain). The Diwali festival is all about shopping, wearing new clothes, happiness all around and togetherness and almost one week of festivity all around.  Diwali is celebrated over five days in most of the Northern parts of India. All the days except Diwali are named using the designation in the Indian calendar. A lunar half-month is 15 days. Diwali as a new-moon day, marking the last day of a 15-day period.

Dhan-trayodashi or Dhan teras: Dhan means "wealth" and Trayodashi means "13th day". Thus, as the name signifies this day falls on the 13th day of the first half of the lunar month. It is considered to be an auspicious day for shopping.

Naraka Chaturdasi: Narak means 'of a new era of Light and Knowledge'. Chaturdasi implies fourteenth day. It is also considered as Choti Diwali .

Diwali: the actual day of Diwali or Badi Diwali, is celebrated on the third day of the festival, when the moon completely wanes and total darkness sets in the night sky.

Varsha-pratipada or Padwa: Beginning of the New Year (Kartikadi Vikram). Pratipada means the first.

Bhayiduj (also Bhayyaduj): On this day, brothers and sisters meet to express their love and affection for each other. This is celebrated to honor the relationship between brother and sister.

Diwali is an annual stimulant and it gives the necessary boost to the Indian economy. Indians purchase gold in the form of ornaments etc, gifts, decorative items, crackers and other household appliances during this festival. Manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers offer huge discounts on their products during the Diwali season to attract customers, which helps the economy greatly and also helps the poor and needy. This festival also brings tourists to the country.

To add to the festivities of Diwali in small towns and rural parts of India fairs or Melas as these are called are held all over . In these melas farmers buy and sell produce. Women folk dress attractively during the festival. All over women could be seen wearing colorful and beautiful clothes, new jewelry .
Many interesting and interesting activities take place at these melas. Mostly these activities include performance from snake charmers (saperas), jugglers, acrobats , fortune tellers or jyotishis . Food stalls are set up all over the melas, which offere a wide variety of spicy foods and sweets and also other varieties of eatables. These fairs also offer a wide variety of rides including Ferris wheels , rides on animals like horses, camels and elephants. Most of these Fairs also have puppet shows as a good attraction. These activities go on through out the day.
All in all this festival acts as a very good catalyst in bringing the people of India together and enjoying the festivities.

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