Diwali Festival Celebrations in India 2014

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Diwali Festival Celebrations in India 2014

October 09, 2014

Diwali is the one festival that is celebrated in India with great fervor and feeling all over India. Diwali falls on 23 October 2014 this year and that is the date that everyone waits for the whole year and celebrate with great joy. Diwali is also called the Festival of Lights and is the most important festival for Hindus as it signifies the victory of light over darkness. On Diwali night, people rejoice and light up their homes with diyas, burst fire crackers, dress in new clothes and pray.

History of Diwali
Legend has it that Diwali signifies the return of King of Ayodhya Rama from a difficult 14 year vanvas (exile). The people lit up their homes to welcome their beloved king home after such a long time and burst fire crackers to express their joy and happiness at his return. To this date, Diwali signifies the banishing of evil and darkness and welcoming light and joy.
With the passing of the years, Diwali become symbolic of a fresh start, the beginning of a new year. This is especially so in business communities that believe this time is right for closing old accounts and starting afresh. The Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi is invoked and wooed to enter people’s homes and this is done by opening all the doors and windows of the homes to allow Goddess Lakshmi to enter and bestow her blessings.

Diwali Traditions
Diwali is celebrated by all Hindus wherever they may be in the world – India or abroad. On this day people do traditional Rangoli designs that are made of coloured chalk, sawdust or flowers. These drawings are creatively made of the shape of floral patterns and conch shells. The most popular design is that of Goddess Lakshmi’s footsteps entering the home, and significantly bringing in good luck and wealth into the lives of the inhabitants.
Lighting diyas and lamps in the evening as the sun sets is a tradition that is followed on Diwali and is synonymous with banishing darkness and having light prevail. People decorate their homes by light diyas and candles. These days they even put up strings of coloured lights outside their homes, so that the lights are on throughout the night.
Fireworks stand for celebration and festivities, so bursting crackers are a way of showing happiness and joy, of shutting out the darkness and letting in the light. People of all ages burst crackers and light sparklers after the puja ceremony. These days many people are environmentally conscious, and children are discouraged from bursting crackers, and many just light sparklers to preserve the environment and keep the air clean. Nevertheless Diwali is a time for celebration and rejoicing in India and that is the spirit that comes through during this festival.

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