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Diwali

What is Diwali and how is it celebrated around the world?

 

Diwali is one of the most popular and better-known Hindu festivals, recognised all over the world as the Festival of Lights.

 

Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which is the ancient Hindu scripture language, basically the Indian Latin. The word itself means a row or series of lights, hence the significance of the bright lighting, fireworks and the unlimited number of oil lamps (Diya’s) we often see on the media.

 

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Diwali otherwise known as Deepavali is a Hindu festival, yet it is celebrated all over India by Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists. 

 

The Festival of Lights, Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, as well as good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

 

The lights that are associated with this festival, also signify bringing in the light of holy knowledge. To commemorate this Hindus adorn their Mandirs (temples), homes and surroundings with colourful bright lights and oil lamp (diyas), similar to our Diya Fairy lights. Which are kept burning continuously throughout the day and night until the festival ends.

Diya Fairy Lights

Diwali takes place in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik and is celebrated every year in early autumn in the northern hemisphere (early spring in the southern hemisphere) and coincides with the new moon and the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. 

 

Depending on your regional location in India other gods and goddesses are celebrated during Diwali, however, it is widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. During this 5 day celebration, puja (worship) is offered to Lakshmi during this festival, most importantly on the 3rd day, which is referred to as the main day (Lakshmi puja).

 

In addition to the beautiful adornments of the mandirs and homes, this is an occasion in which families gather and celebrate by wearing new clothing, dancing. singing bhajans (hymns), playing music, exchanging gifts and enjoying an epic feast of foods and sweets.


 

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Lastly, the celebrations are concluded with an extravagant display of fireworks to again symbolise the celebration of light.


 

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