Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Come to India to welcome the Diwali light festival

Come to India to welcome the Diwali light festival

Diwali (or Deepwali) is a light festival originating from India. This is the largest Indian traditional festival series, held for 5 days in October or November, depending on the cycle of the moon.

The meaning of the name Diwali light festival

Diwali (or Deepwali) in Sanskirt means "a series of lit lamps". The name comes from the fact that on holidays, homes, shops and public places are lit up by kerosene lamps.

Origin of Diwali light festival 

Depending on the region in India, the interpretation of the origin of the Diwali light festival  will vary. But overall, the origin of the Diwali light festival comes from the legendary beliefs about the gods. For example, the legend of Krishna's victory over the demon lord Narakasura has become a symbol of victory between good and evil. Or the myth of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity and the god Ganesha, symbolizing wisdom and happiness. In some places, Diwali is also held to commemorate King Rama, the symbol of virtue and fidelity in the epic of India.

Time and venue of the Diwali light festival


Come to India to welcome the Diwali light festivalThe festival is usually held in October or November every year

Diwali festivals are usually held in October or November throughout India. Traditionally, the festival will last for 5 days, each day will have a different name and meaning. 

Diwali festival takes place in 5 days

- The first day , the day of Dhanatrayodashi (or Dhan Teras), is a day of prosperity and wealth, people often go to the markets to buy some lucky jewels because they believe this will bring prosperity and fortune for the next year. If in Dhanteras, this day is considered the starting point for a new financial year, in India this is the beginning of a shopping season.
- The second day, Naraka Chaturdashi, is the day Narakasura is killed, meaning good to conquer evil and light to conquer darkness. 
- The third day, Lakshmi Puja , is the most important day of the festival. Indian families worship Lakshmi and Ganesa, gods of good beginnings. People light candles and candles everywhere in the house and on the street. 
- The fourth day, Govardhan Puja (also known as Annakut), is the day Krishna defeated Indra. On this day, the food is beautifully decorated and arranged in small mountains, symbolizing the mountain that Krishma had to overcome. The husband often gives gifts to his wife on Govardhan Puja
- The fifth day, Bhaduj , is the day when siblings in the family meet, express interest and show affection for each other.

Diwali Lighting Festival - Festival of "joy - light - happiness"

Before celebrating, Indians often clean, paint their houses, decorate lamps, candles in the house and on the streets, and on the altar of Ancestors are always full of fruit cakes ... to welcome the gods. 
During the Diwali light festival , across India almost no night; fireworks sparkling and the sky echoed. Everyone from the old to the young wear new clothes, especially women in traditional sarry costumes, meet and play and visit each other.

Traditional dances and specialty dishes during the light festival of Diwali

Characteristics of the Indian festival  are the traditional Indian dances that fascinate people, with famous Bollywood songs and also special circus shows. More fun in the bustling atmosphere is when people enjoy traditional Indian specialties such as marinated goat curry or marinated chicken wings. In addition, there are also fun shops for children such as dancing castles, sand paintings ... 
In the bright light, shimmering fanciful, in the fun atmosphere of singing and dancing, making people closer to each other, understand each other better and more tolerant. 


Popular activities in the Diwali lighting festival series

Common activities on Diwali in India are similar to New Year celebrations in some countries. On these days, people often clean their houses and buy new clothes. Because according to folklore, the prosperous goddess Lakshmi will "prioritize" to visit and bring good luck to clean, decent houses. People also exchanged gifts and held parties.
Of course, the lighting of houses with kerosene lamps and fireworks shows is indispensable in this special event, with the purpose of welcoming the return of the gods. In addition, entertainment activities such as playing cards, making cakes for the holiday season such as Malpua, Wheat Laddu, Soan Papdi, Besan ki Barfi are also very popular during Diwali .

The meaning of light festival Diwali

The series of Diwali light festivals  with the original meaning to celebrate the victory of good, the rise through darkness and ignorance in human knowledge. Not only that, it is a time for everyone to feel the warm festive atmosphere together, to join in the joy and pray to the gods to give good things to them.
Diwali Lighting Festival is also an opportunity for Indians to shake off their hatred and forgive others so that they can live happily and peacefully.

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