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Diwali or Deepawali Festival of India

  Topic » Dictionary of India » Indian Festivals
Post By : Rainrays At 2012-06-28 22:50:34

Name of Festival : Diwali festival or Deepawali


Major Territory of Celebration
Diwali festival or Deepawali is celebrated in all over India


Time of celebration (Months)
Diwali Festival is occurring between mid-October and mid-November.


Worship in Festival
In this Festival people worship the Goddess "Laxmi"


About Festival
Diwali or Deepavali it is also known as the "festival of lights" and it is a important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. This festival is celebrated 21 days after Dussehra, it marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his 14 years exile.


During Diwali time people cleaned their home. Some people are paint their homes on the day of diwali some people are opened the windows of their home and welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Goddess Laksmi. People are decorated their homes with light and drawn on the floor (kolams).It is believed that Lakshmi only enters homes that are clean and spotless.

Five day of Diwali
On this day people wear new dress, consume a rich and sumptuous feast and burst crackers. Gifts are exchanged and sweets, festive meals are prepared during Diwali.This is a 5 day festival.


First day is Dhanteras or Dhantrayadashi is celebrated in favour of goddess Lakshmi. On Dhanteras Poojas are performed and devotional songs are sung in praise of the goddess.


Second day is the Narka - Chaturdashi or Choti Diwal , on this day Lord Krishna killing of the Naraka Asura.On this day people take early baths with oil are made and kumkums are applied on their foreheads and worshipped the Goddess Kali.


Third day is Diwali. On this day delicious sweets are prepared and exchanged among friends and relatives. In the evening people worshipped the Goddess Laxmi and lighting their home. lamps are lighted and shine brightly in homes. The lamp symbolizes knowledge. In the night children enjoy the crackers


Fourth Day of Deepawali is Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali went to patala and took the reins of his new kingdom in there.


Fifth Day is Yama Dvitiya or Bhai Dooj on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.


On this day some people play the Gambling and children burn the crackers. So on this day we avoid these impurities and celebrate this festival with lots of joys and happiness.


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