Diwali: See History And How Indians Celebrate This Festival

Diwali: See History And How Indians Celebrate This Festival

Diwali, or Dipawali, literally means rows of clay lamps (Deepa). It is also referred to as the festival of light. When celebrating Diwali, Indians light the outside of their homes or businesses to symbolise the victory of light over darkness, or good over evil.

Diwali: See History And How Indians Celebrate This Festival

On day one, many will clean their homes and shops. On day two, it is customary to decorate the home with clay lamps and use coloured sand to create patterns on the floor. Day three is the main festival where families gather to feast and pray. Day four is the first day of the new year when friends and family visit to exchange gifts and well wishes. On day five, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with a meal.

 

Gold is considered to be auspicious, particularly in Hindu and Jain cultures, according to the World Gold Council. Indian consumers purchase large quantities of gold jewellery during Diwali, as it is a store of value and symbol of wealth and status.

Rich and savoury dishes served during Diwali play a central role in the celebration. Families will prepare and share food at home with guests who come to exchange gifts. Indian sweets are a popular item during Diwali.

Diwali: See History And How Indians Celebrate This Festival

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Diwali is also celebrated with large firework displays. These fireworks signify one of the Diwali legends, Rama and his wife Sita. The fireworks signify Rama’s return to his kingdom after exile for 14 years and defeating king Ravana.

Diwali: See History And How Indians Celebrate This Festival

Throughout the five days of Diwali, different types of religious prayer rituals, or “puja”, will take place. Hindus will offer puja to various lords or goddesses.

 

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