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Celebrating The Festival Of Diwali

Created by Asttrolok in Astrology 30 Aug 2023
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Celebrating The Festival Of Diwali

Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance"
Diwali is a five-day-long celebration that takes place at the end of the harvesting season and sees the new moon (Amavasya), coinciding with Kartik, during October or November. The celebrations start two days before Diwali, on Dhanteras, and extend two days after, on the second day of the month of Kartik.

The observances for Diwali vary by region and tradition. For example, when it comes down to the Hindu festival Diwali which is known by different names in different countries, some celebrate it by lighting small lamps in their houses with an oil base that provide light in the dark for its members to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their own houses with them. In Bengal, the goddess Kali is worshipped. 

In South India, Diwali marks Krishna’s defeat of Narakasura. Some celebrate it as a commemoration of the marriage of Lakshmi and Vishnu, while others view it as Lakshmi’s birthday.

During the Diwali festival, diyas (lamps with wicks floating in oil) are lit and placed in lines along the parapets of houses and temples. Homes are decorated with rangoli strewn about the floor which is intricately designed by applying colored flower petals. The door and windows stay wide open so that Lakshmi will enter and bless everyone inside with wealth and success.


Significance in Other Religions


Jainism: Diwali is also significant for the Jains, the festival marks a celebration of Lord Mahavira’s enlightenment and liberation from Samsara or the Cycle of Life and Death. On this day, all lamps are lit in honor of Lord Mahavira who defeated ignorance with knowledge

Sikhism: Since the 18th Century, Diwali has been celebrated in Sikhism to commemorate the return of Guru Hargobind from captivity in Gwalior to Amritsar, similar to Rama’s return to Ayodhya. Residents of Amritsar lit lamps throughout the city to celebrate the occasion.

Buddhism: Although not a primary festival of Buddhism, Diwali is an important one for many Buddhists. Buddhists as a commemoration of the day when Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism in the 3rd century BCE. They celebrate by lighting lamps and decorating temples and monasteries.

Diwali celebrations vary by region and tradition, but the festival is typically a time for family and spiritual renewal and an occasion of happiness and joy.

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