2022-10-24 INDIA

Happy Diwali

This is an  article written by Br. Jesu Doss, on Festival of Deepawali, celebrated by our Hindu sisters and brothers all over the world. It explains clearly and briefly what the Deepawali is and its significance.


Diwali in Sanskrit literally translates as row light, a festival of lights. It is one of the biggest and grandest festivals celebrated mainly in India. Diwali is a festival commemorated to mark joy, victory, and harmony. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, falls in October or November. It is celebrated after 20 days of the Dussehra festival. ‘Deepavali’ is a Hindi word that means an array of lamps (‘Deep’ means earthen lamps, and ‘Avail’ means a queue or an array).

Diwali is celebrated in honour of Lord Ramchandra because on this day, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. During this exile, he fought with threats of evil. On Rama’s return, the people of Ayodhya lit diyas (lamps)to welcome him and celebrate his victory. Since then, Diwali has been celebrated to declare the victory of good over evil.

In India, it is a festival of fun and happiness. People decorate their homes and offices with various lights, cook delicious food, exchange gifts, and share happiness. Indian businesses consider Diwali the first day of the financial new year.

On this festival day, courtyards are decorated with colourful rangoli1, and lamps are lit on the rangoli. People dress in new clothes, eat the delicacies, light lamps, and as the Sun sets, they burst crackers.

 

Significance of Diwali Celebration

Diwali preparations have an important significance for Indians. The preparations start one month before the actual date of the festival, and people indulge in buying new clothes, gifts, books, lights, crackers, sweets, dry fruits, etc. This also involves discarding unused old items at home and buying new ones on Diwali, so the festival brings in everything fresh and new.

It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits the place of worship (maybe house or office) on Diwali and blesses them. Hence, a lot of discipline and devotion goes into the celebration of this festival.

 

Effects of Festival Diwali on the Environment

However, considering the environmental pollution, it is advised not to burn too many crackers. It is best to reduce the number of crackers you burst as it causes a lot of air and noise pollution. Noise also hurts animals, and they get scared. So let us not forget the environment and the animals to which these crackers cause harm. We can still enjoy the festivities with just the lights and have fun but avoid firecracker to be eco-friendly. So let us all join hands and take an oath to celebrate this traditional festival with responsibility so that everyone, including mother earth, is safe and free from pollution.

  • Rangoli: a traditional Indian art form using coloured sand or powder to decorate a floor, courtyard, or other flat surface.
  • Godess Lakshmi: one of the principal goddesses in Hinduism. She is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, beauty, fertility and prosperity.
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