Deepavali-Diwali – Celebrating the Triumph of Goodness
Deepavali (Diwali) – Celebrating the Triumph of Goodness
Deepavali-Diwali is celebrated by Hindus worldwide to commemorate the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair.
What is Deepavali-Diwali ?
Diwali is the most auspicious Hindu festival celebrated all across India. Diwali derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali. Deepavali ” Deep + Avali” “Deep – light” “Avali – a row” Deepavali (Diwali ) Row of Light. Diwali (Deepavali , Hindi name ) marks the good over evil, signifies a new beginning and wishes to bring a prosperous new year to all. This is the start of a new year in Hindu calendar.Diwali is celebrated in October or November, based on the dates from the Hindu calendar. For 2017, Diwali falls on October 18 (Wednesday)
History of Deepavali-Diwali – the most significant being the return of Rama
Rama ( Ram as pronounced in Hindi ) was a legendary king of Ayodhya in ancient India. Rama is one of the avatars of Vishu, a Hindu God, who took a human form to destroy evil present on the earth. Ramayana, a popular epic details the life of Rama.The story evolves around Rama, who was exiled for 14 years from his kingdom and forced to live in a forest. He was accompanied by his wife, Sita and his younger brother,Laxman. During this period, Ravana king of Lanka, kidnapped Sita. This resulted in a war between the two kings.
Ravana represented the evil side whereas Rama represented the good side. Rama beheaded Ravana in the war, thus signifying victory of good over evil and returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya. This return date marks the celebration of Diwali, where residents of the kingdom rejoiced their prince coming back to their heartland with lights all around.
Different parts of India have other tales associated with Diwali, the most significant being the return of Rama. They say that a portion of Rama and Ravana are present in every human being. Triumph of good over evil is the true path of enlightenment for a human
- One of the most common festivals of India
- Triumph of good over evil
- Remove darkness and ignorance
- Bring in light and knowledge
- Stories Behind the Celebration
- Five Day Celebration
- Family Get Together
- New Colorful clothes
- Distributing Sweets
How is Diwali celebrated?
- It is celebrated for 5 days.
- People light their houses with lots of little oil lamps
- Oil lamp symbolizes our negative tendencies
- Wick symbolizes our ego
- Lighting of the lamp signifies, Burning of our ego.
- Flame in the lamp burns upwards. This signifies
- Acquire knowledge so as to take us towards higher ideals
- Special worships are done at home and temples
Beautiful and colorful designs are put in front of their houses called “rangoli”
After sunset, fireworks are seen everywhere…each and every street…
Significance of Lamp and Light
- Light symbolizes knowledge
- Light is Lord Himself
- Light removes darkness that symbolizes ignorance
Significance of Light
- Deepavali is a people oriented festival when enmities are forgotten and families and friends meet to enjoy and establish a world of closeness. As the light from within shines through, the ignorance that blinds us fades away!