Festivals History

Significance and Celebrations of Diwali

A time for great enjoyment is now here. Diwali, also called as Deepavali is a one of the brightest of all Hindu festivals in India which is not just celebrated by Hindus but by people from different religion across the country. Diwali is marked by four days of celebration, which literally brightens the country with its delightful way of celebrations and the extent of joy people have with their family.

The origin of Diwali lies back in the ancient times of India. It most likely began as an important harvest festival. However there are different beliefs about the origin of Diwali at different places.  In Bengal this festival is dedicated to worship goddess Durga as she defeated the demon king. Jains believe that this festival marks the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana.

The Hindus and many others believe that Diwali is celebrated due to the return of lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his 14 year long exile and after defeating the demon king Ravana. This moment was a great celebration for the people of Ayodhya and they illuminated the entire kingdom with lamps and happy vibes.

Preparations for Diwali starts very much prior to the day of festival. People celebrate Diwali with much joy and happiness. The whole family gets together during the festival and It is a common practice for people to buy gold, silver, vehicle, furniture, etc and decorate their homes with lights, oil lamps (diya or deepa) & happiness.