About the Festival
Diwali also called Deepavali is one of the well known festivals of India. It is celebrated in almost every parts of the country, especially, North India. The festival is an occasion of great enthusiasm and happiness. On this auspicious day, people light up divas and candles all around their house. So it is also called festival of lights. The festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin in Hindu calendar.
The festival starts on Dhanteras that usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra. In the evenings Lakshmi Puja is performed in all Hindu houses. Lakshmi symbolises wealth and prosperity, so people pray to her for her blessings for the coming year. The festival marks the attainment of moksha or disambiguation. The second day of the festival is called the Naraka Chaturdasi and the third day Amavasya. Diwali celebrations are spread over five days, from Dhanteras to Bhaiduj. The festival have significance to Hindu mythology. It marks the return of Rama after vanvas. Several other legends are related to diwali. Each day is observed with prayers and pujas.
On diwali day, people wear new clothes and decorate their houses. They share sweets and snacks with family members and friends. On the evening, the whole house is lighted with candles and diyas. Lights and crackers are used to make the festival even more brighter. It is an occasion for people to meet their near and dear ones, a festival of gathering.
In Hindus, their calendar starts from this day itself. Business owners starts new Accounting books called ‘Bahikhata’ on this day after the puja of Goddess Lakshmi. It is also regarded as the end of harvest season in India. On this day the farmers of India thank for the last harvesting season and prays for the coming one.
Things you need during Diwali
1- Laxmi Ganesh Statue
3- Kheel – Patashe
4- Laxmi Ganesh Gold or Silver Coins (if available)
5- Money (People keep money to do puja)