About Diwali / Deepawali
Diwali or Deepavali is a significant religious festival mainly the Hinduism religion
but is celebrated in Sikhism, and Jainism as well. It is also popularly known as the
“Festival of Lights” and is a lunar-calendar based event that occurs between mid-
October and mid-November. The word “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali”
which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri
Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia,
Singapore, and Fiji.
Various deities are worshipped and appeased during five days of Diwali festivity.
However, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kuber are the most prominent
names which come to the mind when Diwali Puja is mentioned.
Lord Yamraj, God Dhanvantari, God Hanuman, Goddess Kali, Goddess
Saraswati, Lord Krishna, and Demon King Bali are other prominent deities who are
worshipped during Diwali.
Where is the Festival Celebrated?
Throughout the whole of India. However, the festival isn’t widely celebrated in the
state of Kerala. The question is often asked as to why this is.
The answer seems to
simply be that the festival has never really evolved there, as it’s not part of the
state’s social fabric and distinctive culture.
An alternative explanation that’s
offered is that Diwali is a festival of wealth for merchants and the Hindus of
Kerala has never freely engaged in trade as the state is a Communist-ruled one.
However, Diwali dates back to long before this
What Rituals are Performed During Diwali?
The rituals vary according to the region. However, special blessings are given to
Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Ganesh, the remover of
The Goddess Lakshmi is believed to have been created from the
churning of the ocean on the main Diwali day, and that she’ll visit every home
during the Diwali period, bringing with her prosperity and good fortune.
that she visits the cleanest houses first, therefore people make sure their houses
are spotless before lighting lamps to invite her in.
In Diwali, most of the people start doing gambling which is too bad because on that
the day we worship the goddess Lakshmi so just avoid gambling and enjoy this
beautiful day with exchanging the gifts to one and another.