Why We Celebrate Diwali?
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of lights’. Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival.
On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present Diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.
The exact day of the festival is decided by the position of the moon. According to the Hindu calendar, Amavasya or ‘no moon day’ is considered as the perfect day to celebrate Diwali. This dark night comes after every fortnight during this month; it marks this festival of lights and diyas. As per the English calendar, the festival generally comes in the month of November and December.
For all Hindu people, the festival holds an imperative meaning since the festival is reckoned with Lord Rama’s victory as the King of Ayodhya after his return to the kingdom from 14 years of exile along with his wife Sita & brother Laxman after killing the demon, King Ravana. The festival is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles to drive away the darkness of no moon day.
The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil” refers to the light of higher knowledge driving away thoughts of all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, inborn and absolute reality. With this awakening comes benevolence and the awareness of the oneness of all things. This brings joy, prosperity and peace. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this Inner Light.
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