Happy Diwali: Greetings, Customs, and Celebrations
What is Diwali?
The literary breakdown of Diwali is Sanskrit for “rows of lamps”. However, according to Hindu mythology, the Prince of Ayodhya, Lord Rama, returned home with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. They came back to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and defeating the King of Lanka, Ravana. People of Ayodhya celebrated their return with enthusiasm by lighting rows of lamps.
Other historical stories depict Diwali as a harvest festival across many cultures. Some also believe King Harsha refers to the festival as a time to celebrate newlywed couples.
All in all, everyone would concur in saying that diwali is the festival of lights. It signifies the victory of good over evil. Moreover, the eradication of dark shadows, negativity, and doubts from our lives. It is a celebration of prosperity in which people give gifts to their loved ones. The festival also sends the message of illuminating our inner selves with clarity and positivity.
How is Diwali Celebrated?
People celebrated each day of Diwali is differently. The first day is Dhanteras, which is associated with wealth and good fortune. People pray to Goddess Lakshmi and visit friends and family. As this is an auspicious occasion, many Hindus will make big purchases since this will bring good luck.
Naraka Chaturdashi is the second day of the festival. It is a day where people rid themselves of evil and negative energy. There is a ritualistic bathing ceremony along with the habit of cleaning one’s home.
The third day is Diwali and the height of the festival. People wear their best clothes and pray to Lakshmi. Additionally, they will light up lamps outside their homes. Evidently, some diyas may also be set adrift on streams and rivers. Whereas, the evenings are marked with fireworks and firecrackers.
Next, is the fourth day that has different names in different regions. Typically, it celebrates the marital bond. In some communities, husbands will give gifts to their wives, while in others parents with newly married children invite them and their spouses to enjoy a meal and receive gifts.
The final day is Bhai Dooj, Similarly, it celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day, sisters will give gifts to their brothers and invite them to enjoy a meal. It signifies a brother’s duty to protect his sister as well as sisters blessing their brothers.
Happiness is in the air because it is the ambiance of Diwali, which is everywhere. Shower love, care, and joy on everyone you meet. Rejoice on this blessed occasion and spread sparkles of peace and goodwill. Have a Happy Diwali!
May the beauty of the Deepavali season fill your home with happiness, and may the coming year provide you with all that brings you joy. Happy Diwali!
May the light of diyas fill your home with wealth, happiness, and success that brings you joy! Wish your entire family a very Happy Diwali!
Light over darkness, hope or despair, and the victory of good over evil in the world. Happy Diwali!
Shine like sparkles, glow like candles and burn all the negativity like crackers. Wish you a happy and cheerful Diwali!
As sweet as mithai, as beautiful as lights and flowers, may your Diwali be as lit as you. A very happy Diwali 2020!