Diwali Festival of Lights Diwali derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” Deepa means light Avali means a row Diwali = Deepavali means a row of lights Diwali is celebrated in the months of October/November on the darkest night (Amavasya) of this period.
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Festival of Lights
Diwali derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali”
Deepa means light
Avali means a row
Diwali = Deepavali means a row of lights
Diwali is celebrated in the months of October/November on the darkest night (Amavasya) of this period.
Hindus in India and across the globe celebrate Diwali.
Diwali celebrations can last up to five days. Each region of the country celebrates the triumph of good over evil in a uniquely regional way.
Lighting of Diyas or earthen lamps
in every corner of homes.
Decoration of homes in multi-colored
and floral design (Rangoli).
Visits to the temples and offerings to Lakshmi,
the Goddess of spiritual and material prosperity
Purchase of new Clothes
Exchange of sweets with
friends and neighbors.
Diwali is based on spirituality, beliefs, myths and legends of the triumph of good over evil.
Illumination of the diyas symbolizes the removal of
spiritual darkness and the onset of wisdom or light.
In Northern India, Diwali is a celebration of the welcome given to Lord Rama. In the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, his subjects welcome him after
14 years of exile from his kingdom. Lord Rama destroys the evil ruler of Lanka, Ravan, during
Diwali is also the start of the new year for Hindus in the northern regions of India.
Lord Krishna destroying the evil demon Narakasura for abducting the females of the community.
In Southern India, Diwali is
celebrated for the triumph of
Lord Vishnu over Hiranyakashapu,
an evil and unjust king.
When lit by spiritual knowledge, the “vasanas’ get slowly exhausted, and the ego too finally perishes