Between 23-27 October this year, in India, Diwali -festival of lights- is celebrated annually as a Hindu tradition. It is also known as Deepawali and is the most famous festival of the year. The streets, trees, sky, buildings, from floor to the ceiling are covered and decorated with candles and lights. Millions of candles are lighted, many wishes are made, thousands of fireworks are used, many houses are decorated throughout the festival in Autumn. If you don’t want to miss this important traditional festival of lights, book your rooms online now at Galahotels.com/India and enjoy Diwali festival!
The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. In a 5 day period, the the festival of lights is completed. During five days festivity, various rituals are followed and with Goddess Lakshmi several other Gods and Goddesses are worshipped. The day which intersects with the full moon is the most significant day of Diwali which is the 2nd or 3rd day.
Day 1: On the first day of Diwali, housewives consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.
Day 2: On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.
Day 3: This is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.
Day 4: This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
Day 5: On the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes. On Diwali night, Hindu people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up lamps and candles inside and outside their homes, participate in family to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After that, fireworks follow, then a family feast including sweets, and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.
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