Deepavali is the most important festival celebrated by Indians all over the world. Deepavali is commonly known as “The Festival Of Lights“, since Hindus has a strong belief that how the light rays illuminates the darkness, as the same way all the evil things will vanish from our lives (the victory of brightness over darkness) In Tamil it is literally called so because Deepavali (தீபாவளி = தீப + ஒளி meaning lamp lights), it denotes the Array of Lights. The Festival is a bundle of joy gives us prosperous, filled with light, love, peace and bliss. According to the Hindu Lunar calendar, the festival day will be a new moon day and it falls in-between the middle of October to the middle of November. There are many faiths for celebrating the festival, but commonly all the things denote“the victory of good over evil”.
North Indians prays to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth to start a new financial year for their business. On Deepavali, the goddess Lakshmi, a symbol of prosperity, is worshipped. People wear new clothes, share sweets, decorate their home with earthen lamps & colourful rangolis and light firecrackers. The lights signify a welcome to prosperity in the form of Lakshmi, and the fireworks are supposed to scare away evil spirits. The Lights & Firecrackers on this day shows the indication of people’s joy in the earth, to the almighty. In the scientific note, it is said that there is a possible reason to lit the crackers as the fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the rains.
In South India, the auspicious day starts with the oil bath early in the morning, wearing new clothes, doing prayers to god, going to the temple, visiting neighbours, sharing sweets, gifts and joy. “Deepavali Lehiyam” a medicinal food is consumed after taking bath in the morning, in order to have a precaution to digestive problems due to feasting that occurs later in the day. A traditional meal in the afternoon with all the family members and relatives and in the evening, lighting up the lamps and decorating the home withrangolis and clay lamps. On the festival night addition to the billions of stars in the sky, fireworks are cracked and it illuminates the sky more beautiful as happiness in our life. Narakasura, a demon was killed by Lord Krishna and at his last breath, he asked a wish to the god that his death should be celebrated by everyone wearing new clothes, bursting crackers and praying god to get out the evil of their life to live peacefully and happily. In the south of India, the day when the demon king was killed is celebrated as Deepavali. Whereas in the northern part it is celebrated as Goddess Lakshmi’s birthday and also the return of King Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana of Lanka. In the western part, the day is celebrated by worshipping Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, since Lord Vishnu rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali after killing him. Not only in the Hindu Community the promising day is celebrated in Jainism as the spiritual awakening day for Lord Mahavira and in Sikhism the same Deepavali day, Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru was freed from imprisonment. Regardless of faith over centuries, Deepavali is celebrated by the Nation under one common shield as a process of conquering evil things to bring glory in lives. On the auspicious and colourful occasion three important things lit the festival fire: Lights Lights illuminate your life with glory and success. Gives the grace of its wings, to overwhelm the dark and show a great path to our success. Light gives you tranquillity. Colors Colors are able to identify the nature around us. Each color is unique and a glow with vibrant shades gives the hope of light in our life. Colors make us feel very bright and bring the festive happiness. Crackers A clear sky with stars added with additional sparkles, gives an eye catchy view. These dazzling fireworks scene the beauty of light and illuminates our life forever. Crackers bring a lot of excitement.
We the team TOON EXPLAINERS, wishes everyone a happy, colourful and pollution free DIWALI!!!!!!!! This DIWALI burst your EGO, not CRACKERS!!!!!!!