Diwali is a festival that has something to offer for everyone! The children love the festive sweets, adults get to catch up and laugh together over drinks and playing cards, families make a conscious effort to be around each other and of course the lights! It’s the time of the year that literally lights up everything around us.
Diwali is about positivity and spreading the love. The celebrations start in advance because of the excitement to ensure top drawer decorations, outfits and food on the D day. In essence, it is an outlet for happiness.
The primary reason for everything being about lights during this festive time is because of the legend of Prince Rama. After defeating the demon Ravana, the inhabitants illuminated all the cities to show the god the way back. It is for this reason that each house and place is decorated with lights, leaving an impressive and beautiful image and this is why Diwali is associated with hope of a happy ending and for ultimately life to fall into place with the belief that the lights of good intentions and strong will, always help you find the path to your ultimate success.
During Diwali it is customary to make offerings to the Gods. The queen of the festivities is Lakshmí, wife of Lord Vishnú, Goddess who symbolizes good luck and beauty and who grants prosperity and wealth. Also, Lord Ganesha is especially worshiped on these special days. In the eastern part of the country, Goddess Kali is particularly revered.
Diwali lasts five days, named after the Hindu Calendar:
Day 1 Vasu Baras. First day of the celebration, cows and calves, sacred animals in the country, are worshiped and all homes are cleaned to look immaculate.
Day 2 Dhan Teras. The second day of Diwali celebrates the birth of God Dhanvantri. It is the most profitable and prosperous for business. Candles and lamps are placed throughout the houses.
Day 3 Kali Chaudas or Chaturdashi. It is the day when the light overcame the darkness. It is the day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
Day 4 Diwali/ Deepawali or Lakshmi Puja (October 19 in much of India). It is the most important day of the Diwali festival in North India. The fourth day is the first of the new Hindu year. In every home we pray to Lakshmi and Ganesh.
Day 5 Govardhan Puja. This day is celebrated in many ways in India. It is the day that Krishna defeated Indra. He killed the latter and released the maidens he was holding. It is common for husbands to give special gifts to their wives and brothers to strengthen their bonds.
After this, Bhaiduj follows, wherein, brothers and sisters all around the country express their love and appreciation for each other.
We wish each one of you celebrated all the days that lead upto Diwali full of smiles and warmth.
A very Happy Diwali to everyone and we hope this day is followed by only good luck and positivity for all!
With so much love and care,
Team HK Basics