Diwali, also known as Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated by millions of devotees worldwide. It is the Hindu festival of lights that comes once a year and is eagerly awaited by everyone. Here are some great facts about the festival of Diwali.
Why Is Diwali Celebrated
1. Diwali, also known as Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, celebrated by millions of devotees worldwide. It is perhaps the greatest celebration that appeals to all other cultures and people of other faiths too.
2. The world Deepavali literally means ‘a row of lights’ as Deep means lights and avali means a chain of lights. Diwali is also the most important harvest festival which is also the birthday of Maa Lakshmi.
3. The lighting of homes, neighbourhoods and streets with vivid lights and lamps and the crackling of vibrant firecrackers mark the special occasion of Diwali. People in Bengal celebrate Diwali as the special day of Maa Kali’s worship or Kali Puja.
4. Diwali signifies brightness and prosperity and also the victory of the forces of good over that of evil. It is also a time for familial and communal harmony that has been continuing since the age of Lord Rama.
5. Diwali celebrates the return of the king Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. They were exiled for 14 years in the forest and when Ravana kidnapped Sita, he along with Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman rescued her and killed Ravana, to restore Dharma or righteousness in the world.
6. Southern Indians celebrate Diwali as the day when Lord Krishna defeated and killed the demon Narakasura. The bursting of firecrackers are significant to drive away evil spirits, which have negative effects on our lives.