- Deepawali or Diwali - October 26th 2011
Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a prosperous new
or Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus
in India, which falls in the month of 'Ashwin'
(Ashwayuja) and is
celebrated with lots of enthusiasm. It usually
occurs in October or November. The Lights signify
victory of good over the evil within every human.
This festival is also called as
Deepavali, Tihar and Swanti
(in Nepal) and it is also one
of the important festivals of Jains, Sikhs
This festival is celebrated for five continuous
days, with the third day being celebrated
as the main Diwali or as 'Festival
of Lights'. Every house and street
is decorated with lamps and lights on the day
of Diwali. All the illumination and fireworks,
joy and festivity, signifies the victory of divine
forces over those of wickedness. Diwali symbolizes
the victory of righteousness and the lifting of
spiritual darkness. The festival is celebrated
by young and old, rich and poor, throughout the
India to dispel darkness and light up their lives.
It also symbolizes unity in diversity of the country
as every state celebrates it in its own special
first day of Diwali called Dhanteras
and this day people buy jewellery, silver and
gold coins. The second day is
called Roop Chaudas
and this day people bath with Uptan. The
third is the main Diwali day and the
idol Lakshmi is worshiped to seek divine blessings
of Goddess of Wealth (Lakshmi
Puja). It is an age old belief that Goddess
Lakshmi visits well decorated homes during
Diwali to bless and help devotees prosper. Lakshmi
puja in Gujrat lasts for five days which starts
the worshipping of wealth. In Bengal on this day
Kali Puja performed.
Fourth day is celebrated as New
Year according to Hindu calendar. The
fifth day is called as Bhaiya
dhuj and is celebrated on glorifies love
between a brother and a sister.
There are several
beliefs regarding the origin of the holiday.
It is believed that on the day of Diwali, Lord
Ram and Lakshman returned to his Kingdom Ayodhaya
after from a 14 year exile and victory over
the demon king Ravana.
exchange a lot of gifts
between each other. Families and friends alike
give and accept gifts like sweets,
puja thalis, dry fruits, homemade chocolates,
diyas, candles, wall hangings, decor items, gift
hampers, jewellery, apparel, flowers, bhai dooj
gifts and also give corporate gifts like hampers,
gift baskets, designer gift boxes, pen sets, cameras,
watches, perfumes, mobile phones, and so on. Through
these gifts, people get a chance to share their
feelings of care, love, affection and happiness
with each other. The other major excitement for
Deepavali is the bursting of crackers
In Southern India, another legend describes
the victory of Lord Krishna
over the demon Narakasura.
In western India, it is celebrated in the honour
of the King Bali (Padva or BaliPratipada) who
went to rule the nether world by the order of
It is also the beginning of the new
financial year for the business community.
Lots of people also start new ventures on this
day after performing Lakshmi Puja. This is marked
by lighting of lamps, candles and diyas by the
women folk in the family.
or Diwali is also known as festival
of sweets. Different sweets are also offered
as "prasads" in Laxmi Ganesh Puja on
Diwali. Some of the popular sweets are - Barfi,
Jalebi, Ras Malai, Kajukatli, Peda, Gulab Jamun,
Moti Choor Ladoo, Badam Barfi and Rasgulla and
In India, Diwali is considered to be more of a
national festival and is celebrated by most Indians
regardless of religion or faith.
is also celebrated in various parts of the world,
in countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, Suriname, Canada, Guyana, Mauritius,
India, Fiji, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar,
Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Trinidad
and Tobago, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Australia,
much of Africa and the United States as now many
Indians migrated to various parts of the world,
the number of countries where Diwali is celebrated
has been gradually increasing.
“Diwali is the time for joy and happiness.
Rejoice on this blessed occasion and spread the
glee to your friends and loved ones by sending
them dazzling Happy Diwali greetings and Diwali