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Origin Of Diwali - Blog Post

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Diwali is the biggest and the most awaited festivals amongst Hindus. It is also known as the festival of lights and is marked by four days of celebration. During these four days, the whole country dazzles with lights and the sky is illuminated with fireworks.

There are various beliefs regarding the origin of the festival. According to some people, it is a celebration of marriage between Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. In the eastern region, this festival is celebrated to worship the dark Goddess of strength, Kali. Diwali also marks the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman after their fourteen years of exile. To express their joy on the return of their beloved King, the people of Ayodhya illuminated the whole kingdom with diyas, clay lambs and burst firecrackers. In each of the above mentioned legends, Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil. Family and friends get together to celebrate the event with lots of pomp and show. Sweets and delicious local delicacies are prepared on this special day.

All the four days of the festival have different traditions and story. The first day of the festival is observed as the defeat of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. The second day of Diwali falls on Amavasya, when the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi is worshipped. It is believed that on this day the goddess is in her best moods and fulfils the wishes of her devotees. According to another story Lord Vishnu defeated Bali and sent him to hell. Later he was allowed to return to Earth once every year to vanish away the darkness and light lamps to spread joy, love and wisdom. The third day is the Kartika Padyami, when according to the boon; Bali comes out of hell and rules this planet for a day. And finally the fourth day is observed as Bhai Dooj where brothers are invited to their sister’s houses and gifts are exchanged. Sisters wish for the good health and prosperity of their brothers.

The houses are cleaned days before the festival. People buy and wear new clothes, prays are offered to gods and goddesses. There are fireworks for sale at every corner of the country.  The sounds produced by cheap fireworks during the night add to the enjoyment. It is a celebration of life, goodness and hope for wealth and prosperity.

Maria Ereku

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