India is getting ready to celebrate festivals of Candlelights, earthen lamps, homes filled with a sweet smell of delightful sweets, the warmth of families & friends, and a warm welcome of the chill of the upcoming winter season, that’s how we’d like to paint a perfect picture of Diwali celebration in India.
Diwali or Deepawali —the “festival of lights” is the biggest festival in India, celebrated in all corners of the world. Also, it offers a great opportunity for people to move on, let go of past grudges, and make merry it also signifies the Commemorating victory of good, truth over evil.
Let this little guide help you understand the significance of Diwali celebration in India.
Importance of Diwali celebrations in India
Diwali is been celebrated as Lord Rama with Sita and Laxmana return home after a long exile of 14 years. Translated literally from Sanskrit, Diwali means a row of lights; diyas were first lit by the people of Ayodhya to welcome their Shri Ram after defeating Ravana whereas some people also believe that on the day the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi took place.
Where as in most of the regions, Lord Ganesha, who well known as the god of wisdom and auspiciousness used to worship on the day of Diwali. Also, the Diwali marks the anniversary of Nirvana or liberation of Mahavira’s soul in Jainism. In West Bengal, on the day of Diwali, the people use to worship the goddess Shakti meaning of power and one you destroy her enemy well known as kali or some people simply celebrate in their own way.
How is Diwali celebrated in different parts of India
Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated on the third day of the festival, and Diwali in 2017 falls on October 19th. Everyone living in India and outside in India would celebrate Diwali with complete excitement and grandeur. Usually, people try to wear new clothes, share gifts with their love once, also buy silver or gold jewelry.
In North India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Srinagar, Delhi and Punjab), the homecoming of Lord Rama is celebrated with fireworks, lights, and, sweets. Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi are also worshipped in Hindu homes on this day.
In West India (Gujarat and Maharashtra), rangoli is an important part of their Diwali decoration. While Gujaratis generally draw footprints of goddess Laxmi on the threshold of the house, light their homes with candles, rice lights, and diyas on the night of Diwali, Maharashtrians perform Lakshmi pooja in their homes is quite common and organize a small get to gather among love once, where sweets and snacks like chakli and are served.
Whereas In East India (West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, and Odisha), In Odisha it is believed that during Diwali night ancestors and souls of the departed loved ones travel to heaven. Whereas goddess Kali is been worship in West Bengal and Assam The people of Bihar and Jharkhand do Lakshmi pooja in the evening for the blessing of good Laxmi on them throughout the year and women make rangolis on the verandah of their homes and temples.
In South India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu), while Andhrites and Tamilians worship Lord Krishna and his wife Satyambha’s victory over the demonic King Narkasura, Kannadigas take oil bath and build forts from cow dung in their homes.
Diwali celebration around the world
Diwali is an occasion of joy, merrymaking, and togetherness for Indians around the world. While the festival is celebrated on a grand scale throughout the country, it is also celebrated in other countries with large Hindu populations.
Food delights of Diwali from around the country
One thing that comes to our minds when we think of Diwali food is sweets; a lot of it. All these delicious snacks add colors and flavor to the spirit of the festival.
Patisha: Usually made in North India, Patisha also known as soon papdi is a flaky sweet garnished with pistachio topping with nuttiness on it. If you love candy floss, surely you’ll love Patisha too.
Gulab Jamun: Made by using condensed milk, clarified butter, and flour, brownish red sweet Diwali celebration in West Bengal isn’t complete without it. One dumpling will be enough to satisfy your cravings, unless, of course, you have a major sweet tooth.
Samosa: Samosa I don’t think that it requires any introduction. Whether it’s Diwali celebration or any other festival, Samosa is the dish you can find on your plate.This is probably the best-stuffed pastry you’ll ever have in your life. From chicken & mutton to potato peas & paneer, there are many ways to fill it and prepare it
Anarsa: An authentic Maharashtrian sweet dish, Anarsa is a pastry-like snack prepared especially on Diwali.
Karanjis: A sweet-savory snack, Karanjis is a Maharashtrian dessert stuffed with dried fruits, suji, and khoya.
Cholafali: A spicy and fluffy Gujarati snack prepared on the occasion of Diwali, Cholafali is prepared using mixed flours and authentic Gujarati spices.
Murukku: Unique dish specially made in Kerala and Tamil Nadu festival isn’t complete without preparing Murukku. It’s a deep-fried, spicy snack made of lentils and rice flour.
Ukkarai: A special Diwali sweet, Ukkarai is prepared mainly by Tamilian Brahmins of Chettinad. It’s prepared using gram flour and jaggery.
Tips to celebrate Diwali safely
• Have a fire extinguisher and keep a first aid kit ready in your home.
• Stay away from synthetic fabrics, only wear cotton clothes.
• Don’t let kid’s burn aerial fireworks like rocket alone.
• Don’t burn crackers in closed areas.
• Never ever light a cracker while holding it in your hand.
Enjoy the traditions and warmth of the people of this diverse nation
Happy Diwali to all the Readers.