Marked with firework displays and family feasts, Diwali, a five-day festival of lights, love, and sweets and is celebrated by millions of people across the world every autumn. Though cited as Hindu festival, almost all religions in India celebrate Diwali with lot of vigour and energy.
The festival coincides with Hindu new year and light, seen as a metaphor for self-improvement, represents new beginnings. Each faith has its own reasons to celebrate the festival. For many, Diwali celebrates the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning from exile to their kingdom in northern India, after defeating the demon king Ravanna in 15th century
Diwali also pays tribute to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and lanterns are lit to guide her into people’s homes. Huge firework displays light the skies on Diwali, which recall the celebrations believed to have taken place upon Rama’s return. Traditional earthen diyas or candles are lit, and houses are decorated with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder.
Creating Colorful Rangoli Designs
During the festival, families and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving to those in need. It is also traditional for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn.
Celebrations in Office and Home
Every office and home celebrates Diwali in an extravagant way since it marks the beginning of a new year. We celebrated Diwali in advance in our office. We began the day decorating the office with lights, ribbons, rangoli and flowers. We prayed to God and Goddess for bestowing us with success and had a company wide lunch
A few of our employees expressed what Diwali means to them:
Sharad Bapat :
To me, Diwali is all about renewal and bringing forth light. Diwali is also the time when everything seems to get a makeover – a new coat of paint on the house, new clothes for everyone and even new resolves for the year ahead!
To me, Diwali is …
Welcoming the new season
Having an oil bath
Eating homemade sweets
Lighting up crackers
Having loads of fun with family
May this year and every year ahead be full of lights for you. Happy Diwali!
Shwetha R Suvarna:
Diwali is festival of lights.. we used to celebrate by decorating the whole house with diyas & candles, bursting lot of crackers & eating delightful dishes.. In the last few years, we have started eco-friendly celebrations by not bursting any crackers.
Deepavali for us:
– celebration of light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance
– experiencing the joy of togetherness
– illuminating home and mind
Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity.
Spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
To me Diwali means love that brings families & friends together, the most awaited moments to be spent with kids and loved ones.
Deepawali is Sanskrit word, Deepa means light and Avali means a row. In other words it’s a festival of light
Deepawali festival is to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil
Mithun is also a poet and for Diwali he wrote us a few lines:
All are waiting eagerly
To celebrate Deepawali
People are cleaning the home vigorously
To welcome the God Lakshmi devotionally
With glittering diyas in our hands