Celebration of Diwali in India

Posted on November 14, 2012


Yesterday was Diwali, the most beautiful and colorful festival of India. And today all the media both print and electronic media of my country are busy spreading the headline “Air Pollution & noise pollution increased In India on Diwali day.” And nothing new with that, every year the shame headline finds it place in all the newspaper front pages and headlines of news channels. Yes it’s a worrying factor, but I only see the happiness, the joy, the togetherness among all the people on that day while celebrating Diwali together. Yes another scientifically proven advantage of celebrating Diwali is that all the mosquitoes & dangerous insects are going to die with the smoke of those burning crackers. Although I know the second reason is not good enough to convince you that we are celebrating Diwali in the right way.

My parents like lots of other grown up people of my country say that, it’s nothing but wastage of money. They wonder what the pleasure young people get by buying these costly fire crackers and burning them with in few hours. But I never make them understand that what if on this day, people light  fire on the money, what if they increase the air pollution & noise pollution by bursting the crackers on this day; just see the joy & happiness in our face, just see how this festival making all of us connected & giving a reason to celebrate life. Although I am not celebrating this festival since last few years. But I enjoy seeing the happiness this festival brings on the face of our country’s people.

Diwali (also called as Deepavali) is one of the most important festivals In India. The name Diwali came from Sanskrit word Deepavali which means “row of lamps”. This is also called as “Festival Of Lights”.

How Diwali Celebrated – People Celebrate this festival by lighting the earthen lamps(diya), lighting their home with stunning electric illuminations, performing the puja and bursting crackers.

The lighting of earthen lamps on the moonless Diwali night has significance, which is the end of darkness of “ignorance” and the beginning of light that enlightens all.

Why It is Celebrated-

It is a festival which is celebrated in Indian from ancient times. Lots of people give different reasons for it celebration. I even do not know all of them. Still I am giving you few of  those reasons behind its celebration as per my knowledge. Although I do realize that a fool like me has very limited knowledge.

  • According to Ramayana(It is one of the two great epics of india)- On this day Lord Ram the king of Ayodhya, after vanquishing Ravana returned to his land with his wife Sita & brother Lakhsman. So the people celebrated this day by lighting Ram’s kingdom Ayodhya with lamps.
  • According to Mahabharat (It is the other great epic of the India)- when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling).,the people who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps(diya).
  • Hindus celebrate the birth of the goddess Lakshmi and her marriage to Lord Vishnu on Diwali and seek her blessings for the coming year.
  • It is believed that Lord Vishnu killed an evil demon king Narakasura, who conquered both earth & heaven on the day before Diwali and rescued many women whom the demon had locked in his palace. So people of both heaven & earth celebrated this day.
  • Many Historians say that on this day, 56 BC King Vikramaditya, was crowned and declared to be a king. He was a very famous Hindu king of India, who was famous for his wisdom, bravery and large-heartedness. So the people of his kingdom celebrated this day with lightening the earthen lamps.

Do not think that these much reasons are there behind celebration of Diwali in India. Lots of other reasons are also there which I even do not know. I also do not know which one among them is correct one. But the best thing is that this festival gives reasons to me & lots of other people in my country to celebrate without even knowing the correct reason behind celebration.


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