Diwali also known as Deepavali is the festival of lights that connotes the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. There can be different rites and rituals for celebrating the festival of Deepavali across the country, but the essence of the festival remains the same that is elimination of spiritual darkness, ignorance, bitterness, and unpleasantness from the heart and mind. Here we are going to provide you some interesting facts an trivia, to enrich your knowledge about Diwali - the festival of lights.
Let’s Know Some Interesting Facts & Trivia About Diwali Which Will Raise Your Eyebrows
Diwali is India’s biggest festival and well-known holiday. It is known as the “Festival of Lights”.
Diwali is not only popular in Hinduism but also in other religions - Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism.
Diwali is an internationally hit festival, and celebrated by people all over the world.
The festival of Diwali is believed to be the time of transition from darkness to light. It educates us to do good deeds and brings us closer to divinity.
Diwali date varies as per Hindu calendar. It generally occurs on 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika. The main Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
Diwali is a five-day long festival comprising of Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Deepavali, Goverdhan Pooja, and Bhai Dooj.
The main deity of Diwali is Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and wife of Hindu Supreme Goa, Lord Vishnu. In west Bengal, the Goddess Kali is worshiped on Diwali.
There are several legends about Diwali but the most of legends associated with this festival is the same that is the triumph of good over evil.
One of the most popular legends associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his brother Laxman from exile of 14 years after defeated demon king Ravana.
People start preparations for Diwali festival in advance. The clean and decorate their houses to welcome Maa Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. As per legend, Goddess Laxmi makes visit to those houses who are well-cleaned and decorated beautifully.
Diwali shopping is made earlier. People buy decorative items, silver & gold things, new furniture, appliances during and before the festival.
On Diwali evening the Goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune) is worshiped along with Lord Ganesh, the god of auspiciousness and wisdom.
The word Deepavali means the rows of lighted lamps or Diyas. Hence, it is also called the Festival of Lights. People light Diyas and Lamps to welcome the goddess Laxmi into their residences. They also decorated their homes with beautiful decorative items and stunning Rangoli designs.
On Diwali, people dress up themselves and their children in new clothes. Homes are decorated, gifts are exchanged, and sweets are distributed among near and dear ones. Fireworks are also have been a big part of the Diwali celebration.
Many folks also follow the tradition of gambling on Diwali. There is a legend behind it. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva. She announced that whosoever will gamble on Diwali night would prosper throughout the year.
Shubh Deepavali is the traditional and most popular greeting on Diwali. It literally means - Have an auspicious Diwali. People exchange this greeting as they meet their family members and friends. This greeting is also exchange these days via emails, messages, and other electronic modes.
It is believed that more than 800 million people celebrate the festival of Diwali in various ways across the world.
Diwali is Sikhism marks the Bandi Chhor Divas, when Guru Har Govind freed from the Gwalior Fort (the prison of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir) along with some Hindu kings, and arrived at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Jains celebrate Diwali as a day of commemorating Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankara.
Newar Buddhists in Nepal also celebrate Diwali over five days.
Diwali fairs are held throughout India --- in many towns and villages.