Diwali – The Festival of Light
This blog aims to flourish you with the significance of the biggest, brightest festival in the Hindu calendar.
Diwali also known as the Festival of Light is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. It is one of the most joyous festivals in the Indian calendar, where families and friends come together to exchange sweets and gifts, illuminate the skies with fireworks and light their homes with candles to welcome the goddess of wealth, love and prosperity, Lakhshmi.
The story begins with the demon Lord Ravana who was feared across the land with his ten heads and twenty arms. His one wish was to make Sita his wife, so he kidnapped her whilst disguised as a old holy man and kept her imprisoned on his island, Lanka.
On the way Sita left a trail of jewellery for Rama to find, and as Rama searched throughout the forest for his wife, he befriended the monkey king Hanuman who offered to help in the search. Hanuman was no ordinary monkey king, he possessed super-human strength, was able to fly over mountains and oceans and proved to be Rama’s strongest ally. He called upon his animal friends across the forest to set out and find Sita.
After months of searching Hanuman found Sita imprisoned on the island of Lanka but Rama’s army couldn’t reach the island. A bridge was built and crossed and a huge battle commenced against the evil lord Ravana. The battle ended when Rama killed Ravana with an arrow.
The long journey back was guided by the light of lit diyas (oil lamps) by everyone who helped the reunited couple back to their land. The joyous occasion was later named Diwali, also known as Deepawali (row of lights).
The tradition of lighting diyas on Diwali has been passed on through generations to remember light overcoming darkness and good triumphing evil. Across the world the symbolic meaning and rituals may differ but the essence of the festival remains the same.
Facts about Diwali
- Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” means “Rows of Lamps”.
- Many businesses in India mark the day of Diwali as a new business year.
- Diwali is generally associated with the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity
- Gambling during Diwali is believed to bring good luck and prosperity in the year ahead.
- Diwali is also a significant festival for the Sikhs since 1577 as the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali.
- Traditionally, families gather together to visit temple, eat with family and friends a specially prepared festive meal, exchange gifts, cards and traditional sweets
- Diyas are left burning all night and Indian homes are cleaned thoroughly to make sure that the goddess Lakshmi feels welcome.
…And finally, we at CM send our warmest wishes to everyone celebrating Diwali!
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