India Travel: Diwali – Festival of Light

Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals that originated in ancient India. The Diwali Festival, also known as the festival of lights held in the middle of October and early November, lies with the meaning of banishing evil and bringing light to everyone.

There is a legend that Diwali is the marriage ceremony between the goddess Lakshmi and God Vishnu who is the supreme deity of Brahmanism. However, there is also a theory that Diwali was the triumphant day of God Rama returning to his home town of Ayodhy when defeating God Ravana after 14 years of exile in the deep forest. However, for many Indians, Diwali is an occasion to pay homage to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of happiness, prosperity, and beauty. They believe that thanks to the goddess they get lucky and succeed in daily life.

Diwali festival takes place in 5 days. On the first day, the day Dhanatrayodashi (or Dhan Teras) was the day of prosperity and wealth. People often go to buy gold and buy household appliances. On the second day, Naraka Chaturdashi, the day the demon Narakasura was killed meant the light had won the darkness. The third day, Lakshmi Puja, is the most important day of the festival. Indian families offered the god Lakshmi and the god Ganesa, the god of good beginnings. People burn lights and candles everywhere in the house and in the street. The fourth day, Govardhan Puja (also known as Annakut), is the day Krishna defeated Indra. On this day, beautifully decorated food items and arranged in small mountains symbolize the mountain that Krishma had to overcome. Husbands often give gifts to their wives on the day of Govardhan Puja. The fifth day, Bhaduj, is the day the siblings meet.

The festival’s features include the indulgent traditional Indian dances with famous Bollywood songs and even the special circus regrets. More fun in the bustling atmosphere is when people enjoy traditional Indian specialties such as goat curry or marinated chicken wings. In addition, there are entertainment booths for children such as dancing castles, sand paintings and more.

The bright light and the fun atmosphere of singing and dancing make people close to each other, understand each other better and more tolerant. Diwali Festival of Light is also an opportunity for Indian people to shake off their piety and forgiveness for others so that they can live more happily and peacefully.