“Diwali” is one of the most popular and auspicious festival of Hindus. This year Diwali will be celebrated on November 12, 2023. According to the Hindu calendar ‘Panchangs’, it falls on the new moon day (Amavasya) of Karthik month. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepawali”, which means a series of lamps (deep means earthen lamps and awali means a series or a queue).
The preparation for Diwali starts many days before the festival. People usually start by cleaning the house, shops, and workplaces. People get the renovation and painting of walls done before the festival. Devotees decorate their houses and workplaces with lights, candles, diyas, garlands, etc. because there is an old belief that goddess Lakshmi visits the house at night to bless the devotees. On this day, people buy sweets, flowers, diyas, and crackers. People buy new clothes, bed sheets, curtains for this festival of light.
Generally, the festival of Diwali is celebrated over five days starting from Dhanteras and ending on Bhai Dooj. The Dhanteras is on 10 November 2023. Naraka Chaturdashi is on 11 November 2023 which is also known as Choti Diwali. Diwali or Maha Deepawali is on 12 November 2023 and the Muhurat or auspicious time for conducting Lakshmi Puja is from 06:11 pm to 08:15 pm. Govardhan Puja is on 13 November 2023 which is celebrated to honor Lord Krishna’s saving of the city by lifting up the Goverdhan Mountain and the Bhai Dooj is on 14 November 2023 which is celebrated to honor the sibling bond between brothers and sisters. Bhai Dooj is celebrated with a ritual in which sisters feed their brothers with their hands and brothers give gifts to the sisters.
The businessmen, merchants, and traders close their old Account books and start with a new account book. People worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on the day of Diwali. Lord Ganesha is worshipped for wisdom and intelligence while goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth and prosperity.
Diwali is celebrated in honour of the glorious return of Lord Rama with Sita and Laxmana to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. In his 14 years of exile, Lord Rama defeated the Lanka king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama and celebrated his victory by lighting diyas all over the city. Since then, Diwali is celebrated to announce the victory of good over evil. Diwali is not just a festival to celebrate but also symbolizes the sharing of happiness with everyone. Diwali also teaches us the moral of life that truth always wins. So, we must speak the truth and embrace the goods of speaking truth.
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