What is Diwali (Deepwali) Festival?
Diwali (also called Deepawali) is among the major festivals celebrated in the diverse and secular country of India where many religions and sects live together united. It is festival of the people of Hindu religion. But when it comes to celebrating the festival, it is celebrated together likewise by the people of all other religions too in the form of bursting fire crackers, rangoli making, making sweets, etc. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’. It is a festival where all the Indians unite to celebrate the festival together with lots of enjoyment and enthusiasm. This is the time of the year when unity in diversity is at its best. This year in 2016 the festival will be celebrated on the 30th of October which happens to be a Sunday.
The main motto of the people of Hindu religion for celebrating this festival is because this was the day when Ram came to his people at Ayodhya about a month after defeating Raavan. As he was their king, the people suggested that this moment of his win over Raavan should be celebrated grandly. So, they enjoyed the moment of pride with lots of joy, enthusiasm and happiness. Since then, this day is celebrated as a moment of joy by the Hindus in the name of Diwali. However, the day when he actually defeated Raavan is celebrated as ‘Dussehra’ about a month before Diwali.
Why is Diwali/Deepawali 2016 is Celebrated?
This festival is also celebrated due to the belief among the Hindus that the Goddess Laxmi blesses them on this day. Goddess Laxmi is also called the ‘Goddess of Wealth’ who bestows the devotees with wealth. As a result, the Laxmi Pooja is performed at the homes of the devotees. Before performing this Laxmi Pooja, the devotees clean their homes and surroundings to bring the Goddess of Wealth to their homes. They decorate the entrances of their houses with colorful rangoli decorations and lightings. They also light lanterns and other beautiful lightings to enlighten their surroundings. This all are done so that the Goddess of Wealth may come to their home, bless them and they may be bestowed with enormous wealth in this world.
The feast of this festival includes various varieties of vegetarian food, different kinds of sweets, etc…The devotees don’t eat non-vegetarian food on this day as it is considered as a sin. The food and sweets prepared at home are distributed whole-heartedly among neighbors and friends within one’s circle. Many people go out on a vacation or picnic with their family and friends on the occasion of the festival. Many go for movies which release on this occasion and celebrate the festival. The family members also celebrate by going to each other’s houses and having a chat and distributing sweets and gifts.
Thus, the main celebration of the festival wholly depends on the fire crackers. All the family members along with their children burst different types of fire crackers near their houses, lawns or streets. Small children burst various types of crackers under the proper supervision of the elders. In the terraces of buildings or any other open spaces people fire rockets into the sky. These rockets go high above the sky and burst with different colors making it pleasant for everyone to watch. These moments are the high moments of the festival where all the family members come and enjoy together with joy and enthusiasm.
When Deepawali (Diwali) is Celebrated in 2016?
So, during this New Year of 2016 we will be welcoming the ‘Festival of Lights’ in the coming month of October with great happiness and love. To be more precise, it would be celebrated on a Sunday, the 30th of October, 2016 which may make some office-goers to take an extra day leave at the work place. So, let’s all gear up for the occasion and be well-prepared to enjoy this Diwali to the fullest. Let this Diwali bring better, happier and joyful moments than the earlier one. Let’s hope this Diwali bring happiness, wealth, good health and peace to each and every family members and friends. Wish you all a Happy and prosperous Diwali well in advance!