Shubh Deepawali

Shubh Deepawali

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Diwali wishes from The Spafaeries.

Diwali is the most widespread celebrated Hindu festival, not only in India but the rest of the world also celebrates it with the same enthusiasm as people in India. ‘Diwali’ is short for Deepawali, which translates into “row of lights” and indeed illumination forms its main attraction. It involves the lighting of small clay lamps, which are normally called ‘diyas’, they’re filled with oil to signify triumph of good over evil. It symbolizes the age-old culture of India, which teaches us to vanquish ignorance that subdues humanity and to drive away darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. These lamps are normally kept glowing for the entire night and the house is kept clean as if you were expecting guests to arrive. Every home, from the hut of the poor to the mansion of the rich – is lit with the glow of twinkling diyas. This is done in order to make the Goddess Lakshmi feel welcomed. Goddess Lakshmi is believed by the Hindus to be  the Goddess of wealth prosperity, fortune, and the embodiment of beauty.

Diwali signifies many different things to people across India. In north India, Diwali celebrates Rama’s homecoming, which is his return to Ayodhya, an ancient city of India, birthplace of Lord Rama after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king. On the other hand, in Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi, it was on this day that goddess Lakshmi was married to god Vishnu, and in Bengal, people light diyas in memory of the souls of departed ancestors. The goddess Kali is worshipped for whole night on one of the nights.

The festival of Diwali is not only about lightening diyas and enjoying fireworks. The 5-days festival is full of religious and traditional activities taking place each of the five days. First day of the festival is Dhan Teras (an auspicious day for shopping) the second day is Naraka Chaturdashi, the puja is performed with oil, flowers, and sandalwood. Coconuts are also offered to Hanuman and prashad of sesame seed, jiggery and rice flakes (poha) with ghee and sugar. The actual Diwali is on third day, when the moon in the sky disappears, and light of diyas and candles makes the night gleaming and full of revelry. The 4th and 5th day of the celebration mark Padwa and Bhaiduj.

The festival is also  known for the amazing myriad of  sweets offered, people make hampers full of dry fruits, traditional sweets and chocolates  as gifts on this festive day. Barfis, Ladoos, gulab jamun, rasgulla, peda…The list is endless. If you have a sweet tooth, a variety of mouth-watering options are available on the platter on Diwali.