Roshan Ho Deepak Aur Sara Jag Jagmagaye
Lekar Sath Sitaji Ko Ram Ji Hain Aaye
Har Shehar Saja Ho Jaise Ayodhya Ho
Aao Har Dwar, Har Gali, Har Mod Par Hum Deep Jalayein!
Grand Indian Diwali Festival
The most auspicious festivals of India, Diwali (or deepavali) is often known as the festival of lights. The festival derives its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that the devotees light in their houses in order to symbolize the inner light that drives away spiritual darkness. As per the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartik, which is the holiest month in the lunar calendar!
The biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali is celebrated every year by lighting diyas and worshiping God Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi followed by fireworks. Diwali is the festival of lights and love. People meet each other and exchange sweets and wishes!
May this Diwali brings you happiness and prosperity. May Goddess Lakshmi bless you and give you strength to achieve success in life!
Happy Diwali To Everyone!
Ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali:
With the markets in the city abuzz with festive fervour, the spirit of Deepavali should be celebrated with thoughtfulness. Though it is a happy festival, one should also remember that this day also witnesses noise pollution, air pollution, wastage of paper, electricity and heavy usage of plastic. Without compromising on the happiness factor, it is important to go soundless, eco-friendly and green this Deepavali. Chennai Times offers some tips on how to celebrate a green Deepavali…
Create a community to burst crackers: What’s a Deepavali without crackers? Though some people have gone completely soundless by not bursting crackers at all, it is hard for a few to stop. Environmentalist Abdul Ghani says that they still burst crackers without harming the everyday lives of people. He says, “In several foreign countries, they identify a point and burst crackers. With fire extinguishers and other safety methods in place, the event takes place with utmost ease. While we can’t expect to witness something similar, I suggest people from every locality pick a common point and burst crackers.
Avoid plastic bags while shopping: Shopping for Deepavali is a never-ending one. Be it buying clothes or things required for the festive puja, people are constantly buying something. Abdul says that instead of taking plastic covers, take your own bags instead. “A huge amount of plastic gets generated during this period. Carry cloth bags or recycled paper bags whenever you shop,” he suggests.
Make your own sweets and savouries: Not many people make sweets and savouries at home. Several young couples opt for buying sweets. “It is best for people to make their own sweets and savouries. This way, you can be sure about the ghee and oil that you use. Even if you can’t make them, carry banana leaves or steel containers to pack your sweets from the shop. It is highly risky and cancerous to carry eatables in plastic containers,” Ghani says.
Use mud diyas to decorate your home: Instead of wasting money and electricity by illuminating your home with decorative lights, opt for mud diyas, which are more eco-friendly. You can even paint them and decorate them as you wish. It is easily disposable as well.
Common Traditions for Diwali :
The traditions of Diwali in India has a long history. It is celebrated all over India as a festival symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.
In North Indian traditions of Diwali, it is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Rama over King Ravana and his return back home after an exile of 14 years. In South Indian traditions of Diwali, it marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura. In the eastern states, especially in West Bengal, on this day the furious Goddess Kali defeated the demon Bakasura.
Even though the reasons of celebrations are different, most of the traditions of Diwali across the country stay the same. Here are some of the most fascinating traditions of Diwali.
Cleaning the house
Much before Diwali, it is time to throw away unwanted items, clean, repaint and refurbish homes depending on the budget. The tradition behind this is that Goddess Lakshmi graces those homes that are absolutely clean. Thus many decorate their homes with accessories like strings of lights, streamers ribbons, etc. Using colored powder or flower petals, colorful rangolis in traditional patterns are drawn at the doorways.
While there are many options for sweet delicacies in the market, people still prepare lots of mithais and savouries at homes. Sev, Gujiya, Farsan, Chivda, various laddoos, barfi, chakli etc., the list is endless as different regions have different specialities which are made and then distributed to immediate family and relatives and those visiting the house on this occasion.
Lighting Up the house
Illumination of homes is a must to invite the goddess of good fortune – Goddess Laxmi into one’s home. And the traditional way to do it is by lighting handmade earthen lamps with oil. Placed on window sills, and doorways, they add a glittering light to the darkest corners of the house.
To celebrate the victory of good over evil, the most joyous tradition of Diwali is to burst firecrackers. Numerous sparkles of noise free firecrackers glitter the sky and while those making sound go on through the night. It is believed that the sound and light of firecrackers helps ward off evil spirits.
Diwali is a time for get-together and parties so card parties are a norm. Festive family meals either at homes or outside restaurants too is a tradition and mark of celebration.
Giving Diwali gifts to friends, relatives and other contacts is one of the most important traditions of Diwali. Earlier boxes of sweets or dry fruits were gifted but now right from food baskets, electronic appliances, gift vouchers to personal consumer products make it to the list.
Decorating the entrance is of foremost importance while decorating your house, after all that’s the place from where Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) enters your house. So make a beautiful rangoli using vibrant colours or flowers at your doorstep. You can even decorate your rangoli with diyas. A variety of designed stencils are also available in the market to make the rangoli-making task easier!
Narak Chaturdashi/Choti Diwali
On this auspicious day, the evening starts after performing puja and offering prayers to the gods.People then light diyas and burst crackers. The entire atmosphere reverberates in a festive mood.
Although it is a tradition to burst crackers on Diwali, we should now refrain from doing it because of the increase in air pollution. We should celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly way and respect the nature. Instead of bursting crackers, we can light diyas, decorate our house and surroundings with fairy lights and spend a magical evening with friends and family.
Like all other festivals in India, food plays an essential role in Diwali. From delicious sweets or varieties of menus, every household prepares food like a kingdom. A lot of people also gift sweets to their friends and families to wish them luck and prosperity for the coming days.
The best time or muhurat for Ganesh Laxmi Pooja is from evening 7:08 p.m. to 11 :59 p.m. at night.