Diwali, or Deepavali as most of us call it, is the biggest and most auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus not just in India but all around the world. Also known as the festival of light, this festival signifies the victory of good over evil, peace & joy, and light over darkness. A symbolic Hindu festival celebrated by most communities despite the religion with equal zeal and enthusiasm. When Diwali is just around the corner, people start cleaning their homes and decorating their homes with innovative ideas using lights, diyas, flowers, lamps, candles, rangolis and so on. Not only that, but people also perform Lakshmi Pooja, the Goddess of wealth, to pray and ask for her blessing to provide them with good health, wealth and prosperous life ahead.
Diwali 2022 Date
Observed on the 15th day of Kartik as per the Hindu Lunar calendar, this year, people will celebrate Deepavali on Monday, October 24. In North India, Diwali is a five-day-long celebration that begins with Dhanteras, the 13th Lunar Day of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Kartik and ends with the celebration of Bhai Dooj, which falls on the 17th Lunar Day of the Krishna Paksha.
History Of Diwali
Diwali resembles everything good and better, and that’s how this festival has been the centre of many mythological stories of different religions.
According to one of the main stories in Hindu mythology, Diwali is the day when Lord Rama, his wife Sita Devi and his brother Lakshman return to their homeland after defeating Lanka’s king Ravan. In celebration of his return and victory, people lit the path and celebrated it with eager happiness.
According to another story in Hindu mythology, Diwali marks the day when Lord Krishna defeated Narakasura and freed the people of his kingdom from evil. When Lord Krishna slayed the demon, he declared it a day of festivities and merriment.
Also, according to other stories, people celebrate Goddess Lakshmi on this day. As per beliefs, Goddess Lakshmi brings prosperity, wealth and fertility.
In other cultures in India, Diwali coincides with harvest and new year celebrations. It does not matter on the basis of which story you celebrate Deepavali festivities. Nonetheless, it has the same purpose of honouring good over evil.
Importance Of Diwali Or Deepavali
Diwali, we know as the festival of light signifies the victory of good over evil and the erasure of negativity, dark shadows, and ominous doubts from our lives. It is a celebration of blessing & prosperity, and that’s why people give gifts to their loved ones and honour the day with much appreciation. Deepavali also sends the message to try to kill the evil inside us and bring out the good and be kind toward each other.
Fun Activities To Celebrate Diwali With Kids
No matter the festival, it will be celebrated best with friends and family. And if you have kids at home, Diwali is more fun and thrilling to celebrate. You can indulge your little ones in some interesting Diwali activities to make this day more memorable. Some of these activities are as follows:
1) Diwali Rangoli
Rangolis are special patterns usually made from sugar, rice flour, cereals, pulses, grains, sand or beads. Choosing the correct element is totally up to the rangoli creator. People create colourful rangoli designs on the ground in their homes by combining dots, flower designs, and lines during Diwali.
2) Diwali Drawing and Sketching
This Diwali, give your little ones the opportunity to bring out their creativity with different drawing & sketching skills. Give them paper, pencils, and colours of their choice and let the artist in them paint the best of everything.
3) Diwali Greeting Cards & Posters
Wishing everyone a “Happy Diwali” is undeniably a heartfelt sentiment, whether we believe it or not. With technological advancement, all wishes are limited to messages and calls only, and receiving a greeting card from a loved one invoke different emotion of togetherness. And getting a handmade greeting card made by kids is something that sometimes words can never explain. This Diwali, encourage your little ones to make greeting cards and posters and send them to friends and families who are living in different cities or countries.
Diwali is not only a festival of lights but a festival that teaches us togetherness, being kind and always trying to be good to others. It is one of the most auspicious and happiest festivals celebrated by people all over the globe.
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PiggyRide wishes everyone a very happy and blissful Diwali!
A day filled with happiness, kindness, love, and togetherness.
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