Diwali: Know How The Festival Of Lights Is Celebrated In India And All Over The World
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India is now celebrating Diwali and even the whole world. The Indian New Year is one of the most important events in the country and a significant part of its culture. Now, not only Indian citizens celebrate this festivity as a lot of tourists also visit the state to participate in the fête.
Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepawali which means "row of lamps," thus the event is also called "Festival of Lights." India celebrates this event in autumn.
According to the South China Morning Post, Diwali is now a national festival for the majority of Indians. In spite of different beliefs and religions, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs become one when celebrating the Festival of Lights. They, too, all have the similar principle in observing this event: "the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil."
Diwali is a five-day festival. Families prepare weeks before the event begins.
On Diwali's first day, National Geographic noted that everyone cleans their home to make it more suitable to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and knowledge, and Ganesh, the god of good luck. The two goddesses are said to bless them with good fortune for the rest of the year when they turn on the lights and have a neat house.
On the second day, families decorate their homes with clay lamps and rangoli designs on their floors for Diwali. They also put candles and colorful lights to celebrate the festivity.
On the third day, people celebrate the main event of Diwali, which falls on November 7 this year. Families reunite to pray and eat together.
On the fourth day, friends and relatives celebrate the Indian New Year's first day by giving gifts. On the last day, siblings, brothers, and sisters come together to commemorate the event.
Most families prepare Indian sweets in different colors and flavors to celebrate Diwali, per the Independent. There are also rich, savory meals and sweet dishes.
Typically, people opt to eat out to celebrate Diwali. But most families prefer to prepare food at home. This way, they have something to offer to their guests when they arrive to exchange gifts and watch fireworks together.
Diwali has different origins, and it depends on the country's beliefs. But, the most popular one is the tale of the Hindu god Lord Rama. The ancient Sanskrit epic "Ramayana" said Rama returned to his Ayodhya kingdom after being exiled for 14 years to defeat the demon king Ravana.
Over the years, a lot of international visitors come to India to celebrate Diwali. The foreign tourists also join local families to feel the celebration's real essence.