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Dussehra has just passed and now the great festival of Hindus, Diwali, is coming. With the onset of autumn, comes the festive season. It brings with itself a bundle of joy and happiness as we get to celebrate some of the most colorful festivals in our calendar. Amidst this pleasant vista, Diwali stands out as one of the most important and revered Hindu festivals.
Also known as the festival of lights, this celebration is observed by lighting diyas, visiting friends and family, burning crackers and praying to Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity. Also known as Deepavali or Dipavali or Vidhi Pandith New Year, it is an annual festival that is widely celebrated across India and other countries with significant Indian populations.
The fifth day of this long-weekend is known as Dhan Teras or Dhanatraya, which signifies Wealth (Gold), Happiness (Coconut) and Charity (Lettuce). If you’re reading this, it means you’re probably not in India right now. So that probably explains why you might be wondering how to celebrate Diwali as an Indian in America. Well look no further because we’ve got you covered.
We all know that Diwali is the festival of lights and a great time for coming together with family and friends and lighting up those eerily dark evenings. But what do you do if you live so far from home that you can’t hop on a plane to get there? And if the only Indians you know are colleagues at work? How do they get together without driving everyone crazy with constant calls to Mom back home, Asking this friend or that friend whether they have red or green chutney in their fridge, discussing whether we really need another potluck again this year, etc.? This post is your go-to resource on everything related to how to celebrate Diwali in America in case you aren’t able to make it back home this year.
What Is Diwali?
Diwali is a five-day long festival that is celebrated in the Hindu month of 'Bhaadrapada' (October - November). In the Hindu calendar, each month ends with the new moon day and the next month starts with the full moon day. This is why the month names and their corresponding dates change every year.
Diwali is primarily a festival of lights because it signifies the victory of light over darkness. It is believed that it is the darkest moment of the year. The climate is humid and the days are shorter. The festival is celebrated to welcome the new harvest and to signify the victory of good over evil. The word 'Diwali' is derived from two words- 'Dii' which stands for 'Gods' and 'Wali' which means 'ownership'.
Thus, Diwali can be interpreted as the 'ownership of the Gods'. The festival is also known by a few other names like Dipawali, Deepavali, or Bhai duj.
Importance Of Diwali
Diwali or Deepavali is the most significant festival of Hindu culture. It is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness, and the victory of Rama over Ravana. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity, came to stay on earth for all the people who do sincere and good work.
However, it is said that the coming of Goddess Lakshmi is a boon for all the people but especially for women. Diwali is very important for women as this festival is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi who is the patron Goddess of women. On this auspicious day, people clean their house and garden and light diyas in the place to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
When Is Diwali 2022
Diwali is celebrated each year on the new moon day in the month of Bhaadrapada (October - November). This year, Diwali is celebrated on Monday, October 24. The five days of Diwali are the most auspicious days to perform puja, pray to the gods or do charity.
Significance Of Diwali In Hinduism
As we have mentioned before, the significance of Diwali in Hinduism lies in the fact that it marks the triumph of good over evil. According to the popular Hindu mythology, there was a fierce battle between the demons and the gods. The demons were led by Mahabali, a benevolent king and the gods were led by Lord Vishnu.
In the end, the gods won the battle and imprisoned Mahabali in the Patalam (netherworld). On this day, Lord Vishnu visited King Mahabali, and promised that he would visit his kingdom once a year, on the day of Diwi. On this day, the people worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and happiness.
How Is Diwali Celebrated?
People clean their houses and gardens and decorate them with lights, rangoli, and flower garlands. They offer food to the poor and feed the birds. They also visit temples and pray to the gods. They worship the Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi, and the God of Wisdom, Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom.
They also worship Ganesha, the god of good beginnings, and Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, the Hindu epic. The five days of Diwali are the most auspicious days to perform puja, pray to the gods or do charity. On the first day of Diwal, people worship Lord Ganesha, the deity who removes all obstacles and is the remover of difficulties. People clean their houses and start new things on this day.
Diwali is the celebration of good over evil, light over darkness, and the victory of Rama over Ravana. It is a day when people worship the gods, clean their houses and gardens, feed the poor and birds, do puja and pray for prosperity, wealth and happiness.
It is the most significant festival of Hindu culture and is celebrated all over India by people of all religions. This five-day long festival marks the end of the harvesting season and the beginning of a new year. It also signifies the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated by cleaning houses and gardens, decorating them with lights, rangoli, and flower garlands, feeding the poor and birds, visiting temples and worshipping the gods, and performing charity.