The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, indicating “rows of lighted lamps”. The five-day vacation is center about the New Moon and transpires in the Hindu month of Kartik. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls in October or November.
Houses, shops, and public zones are decorate with small oil lamps call diyas. People enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it’s popular with children. Each belief marks various historical events and narratives. Hindus celebrate the return of gods Ram and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. They also celebrate the day Mother Goddess Durga destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Sikhs particularly celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619. But Sikhs celebrated the festival before this date. The floor stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holiest place in the Sikh world, was laid on Diwali in 1577.
The founder of Jainism is Lord Mahavira. During Diwali, Jains celebrate the moment they reached a state called Moksha (nirvana, or eternal bliss). Diwali has a strong connection to Indians’ religious and spiritual beliefs.
Diwali celebrate over five days
Day 1 Dhanteras: People clean their houses and shop for gold or kitchen utensils to help bring good wealth.
Day 2 Choti Diwali: People decorate their homes with colorful lights, diyas and create various design of rangoli in front of thier homes using colored powders or sand.
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja Diwali: Prime Day, Families gathers arounds and do pooja of the Goddesses Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Ganesh Ji, and they are request to grant the household happiness, prosperity, wisdom, peace, and progress.
Day 4 First day of the new year: People honor one another with gifts and sweets and offer each other good wishes for money, happiness, health, and prosperity.
Day 5 Bhai Dooj: Traditionally, adult brothers visit their sisters’ homes on this day, and bringing gifts. The sisters, in turn, prepare a feast and pray for their brothers’ safety and well-being.
Lakshmi Puja muhurat
Starts: From 5:39 pm on October 24
Ends: At 8:14 pm on October 24
Dos and Don’ts of Diwali
– While worshipping, a lamp should be lit and positioned on the right side of the god while incense sticks should be lit on the left side.
– Do Lakshmi puja in the given muhurat as this will make Goddess happy and ensure blessings.
– The main entrance of your house should be beautifully adorn and should be neat and clean. You can make a rangoli at the entrance of your home.
– One should always worship facing East or North. But there is no rule defect in worshipping in front of the idol of God.
– At least 11 ghee lamps should be lit during Diwali puja. And after the Deepawali puja, keeping a big lamp lit throughout the night in the house is believe to be a sign of good fortune and an increase in wealth.
– Make sure to get your main door fixed if it makes any creaking sound.
– Avoid making rangoli designs of Lord Ganesha or Goddess Lakshmi on the doorsteps.
– Avoid placing Om and Swastika in the wrong direction – that is South or West direction.
– Don’t keep your waste or unused things on the terrace.