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Diwali Festival Jaipur 14th to 19th November 2020 (TBC)
Diwali is a hugely important festival in all of India that lasts for 5 days. The name Diwali (or Deepavali )means “a row of lights” .The festival honours the victory of Lord Ram and his wife Sita .It celebrates the victory of good over evil and brightness over darkness .Lord Ram defeated the demon, Ravan, and rescued his wife Goddess Sita and returned to their kingdom of Ayodhya.
When Lord Ram and the Goddess Sita returned to their kingdom after 14 years, then the people of Ayodhya were very happy and they welcomed them with lighting Diyas (lamps). They decorated entire kingdom, that day night also looked like a day because of the light from all those millions of Diya’s .We still continue that tradition, in our homes we light diva’s for those five days and nowadays we also use fancy electric light to light up our houses on Diwali festival.
According to Hindu lunar calendar this year’s Diwali date is 14th November. It will commence from 14th October ,we will celebrate Dhanteras on that day. Next day is for choti (small) Diwali, then the main Diwali, after that we celebrate Goverdhan Pooja, and it concludes with Bhai Dhoj as the last celebration.
Lets discuss in detail what we do on these days
Day 1: Dhanteras
In this celebration people traditionally buy gold , silver and new kitchen utensils .Homes are cleaned and readied to welcome Goddess Lakshmi(Goddess for wealth and prosperity).
Day 2: Choti Diwali
People meet their relatives, females of the family draw “Rangoli “(Hindu floor painting) in the doorways and courtyards of the house.In the night people start bursting crackers.
Day 3: Diwali
On Diwali lots of diyas and electric fancy lights are lit and placed in the houses. The facade of the entire house is lit up. In this way the whole city is a mass of lights. Fireworks are also let off everywhere, that’s why Diwali is a “festival of lights”.
Family members gather together and perform the Lakshmi Pooja and Lord Ganesha Pooja. After that we give each other gifts and sweets. Then all the family member eat delicious dinner together and then burst crackers outside their homes.
Day 4: Goverdhan Pooja
On this day we celebrate victory of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. We do pooja of lord Krishna and then meet our extended family members and do dinner together.
Day 5: Bhai Dooj
It is similar to Rakhsha Bhandhan festival. Brother meets his sister and gives gifts to her and entire family do dinner together .