Monday, 25 November 2019

Diwal

Diwali the most important and favorite festival of everyone from children to elders. Diwali is the most important and famous festival of India. Which is celebrated every year simultaneously throughout the country, after defeating Ravana, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after a long period of exile of 14 years. People still celebrate this day very enthusiastically. On the day of Lord Rama's return, the people of Ayodhya had illuminated their homes and routes to welcome their Lord with great enthusiasm. It is a sacred Hindu festival symbolizing the victory of good over evil. It is also celebrated by the Sikhs by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir to commemorate the release of his 6th Guru, Shri Hargobind Ji from the Gwalior Jail.

On this day the markets are decorated with lights like a bride to make it look like a wonderful festival. The market is crowded on this day, especially the sweet shops. Children get new clothes, crackers, sweets, gifts, candles, and toys from the market. People clean their houses and decorate them with lights a few days before the festival.

According to the Hindu calendar, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha after sunset. They pray to God and Goddess for more blessings, health, wealth and a bright future. They make delicious dishes of food items and sweets on all five days of the Diwali festival. People play dice, card games and many other types of games on this day. They get close to good activities and overcome bad habits.

The first day is known as Dhanteras or Dhantravaradashi which is celebrated by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi. People sing aarti, devotional songs, and mantras to please the Goddess. The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali which is celebrated by worshiping Lord Krishna as he killed the demon king Narakasura. The third day is known as Main Diwali Day which is celebrated in the evening by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, distributing sweets and gifts among relatives, friends, neighbors and burning firecrackers.

 Worshiping Lord Krishna on the fourth day is known as Govardhan Puja. People worship cow dung at their door. The fifth day is known as Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dauj which is celebrated by brothers and sisters. The sisters invite their brothers to celebrate the festival of Bhai Dauj.

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