Diwali celebration story — why do we celebrate diwali?

The occasion of Diwali is waited for eagerly and is cherished by Indians world over.

It is also known as the festival of lights, and this theme of light, is significant in many ways, symbolising not only light, but also knowledge, gratitude and hope.

The festive season starts with Dhanteras, followed by Narak Chaturdashi (Chhoti Diwali), Lakshmi Pujan (Badi Diwali), Govardhan Puja, and then Bhai Dooj. It is a five-day celebration of lights that takes place in the month of Kartik. The word Deepawali is derived from the Sanskrit words deep (light) and vali (festival) (row). It literally means “lights in a row.” Earthen lamps are lit to commemorate the celebration.

Diwali is a significant celebration that is typically regarded as the climax of the country’s festive season. This event is marked by themes of virtue vs. evil, admiration of Indian culture, and, most importantly, the experience of plentiful generosity. It resembles the celebratory fervour of Christmas in the Western world in many ways. It is also regarded as a fortunate time of year by Hindu groups, who use it to organise prayers, large-scale spring cleaning, and household item shopping.

Even though Diwali is primarily a Hindu celebration, the day commemorates several events in various communities. Diwali represents the spiritual “winning of light over darkness, good over evil, and wisdom over ignorance” all across the world. Diwali has evolved into a national holiday that is widely celebrated by non-Hindu populations over the decades. In Jainism, Diwali commemorates Lord Mahavira’s nirvana (spiritual awakening) on October 15, 527 B.C., whereas in Sikhism, it commemorates the release of Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru. Diwali is also observed by Buddhists in India.

Diwali has been celebrated in many countries around the world with large Indian populations. In recent years, the White House in the United States has begun Diwali celebrations, while Singapore has even constructed a Diwali-themed train.

The event is commemorated by reaching out to the less fortunate and making charitable gifts for those who have a kind heart. These ensure that everyone in a community may enjoy themselves over the holiday season. It also gives the poor hope and a break from their daily life, motivating them to look forward to a brighter year. It is the perfect occasion for all of us to come together in the spirit of gratitude, and donate some of our time to helping those in need.

Diwali is also a cleaning rite, since it represents letting go of all of the previous year’s problems and troubles and walking into the light. Families join together in the days leading up to Diwali to clean, refurbish, and decorate their homes and workplaces with rangolis and diyas. Diwali heralds the arrival of winter and the start of all things new, both in nature and in people’s lives.

Supporting children’s causes is a wonderful way to commemorate Diwali. If you are kind, you can help India’s most poor and disenfranchised group, its children, enjoy the celebration. Giving back to society is the essence of Diwali, just as there is no diya without light, there is no Diwali without gratitude and the spirit of giving.

We can make the most of this festive season by taking a pledge to spread light & laughter, this Diwali. Let us spend time with our loved ones, rejoicing in the festivities, but also reserve some time to appreciate our blessings by sharing them with those who need it.

Originally published at https://www.theholisticliving.org.in on November 3, 2021.



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