My second favourite Hindu Festival of the year, ‘The Festival Of Lights!’ (My first favourite is Navratri obvs!)
Let’s get straight to the point…
Yes, Diwali is all about yummy food, jalebis, ladoos, family-fun, fireworks and much more… But a lot of people forget that it is about Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and Hindus all around the world worship Goddess Lakshmi to start their new Hindu year with prosperity.
The five days of Diwali
Day 1 – Dhun Teras
Dhun means money. This is the day people wash their money (coins) with milk and water and pray to Lakshmi. It is also a tradition to distribute money out to the poor. ‘Giving’ is a form of wealth.
Day 2 – Kali Chaudas
Kali means evil. On this is the day people offer food to Goddess Lakshmi and pray to Maha-Kali, the Goddess of strength destroyed an evil Demon. Kali Chaudas is day to eliminate laziness and evil from people’s lives, which create hell in our life and shine light on life.
Day 3 – Diwali
Diwali is officially the last day of the Hindu year! In the Ramayan, this was the day Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana returned to Kingdom of Ayodhya from their 14 years of banishment. Lord Hanumana played a big role in the Ramayan too. The Kingdom was so dark when they returned after 14 years, so to lift the spirit, their homecoming was celebrated with diyas (ghee lit candles – blogpost picture) on the pathway (link below to read the full story on BBC).
Day 4 – New Years Day!
This is definitely the best time for families to come together to celebrate the New Year. People would usually start off the day at the Temple and seek blessings from God for a prosperous New Year. Everybody would greet each other with the saying ‘Saal Mubarak,’ which means Happy New Year. The young get blessings from the elders, also lots of gifts and money. Lastly, the Temple would offer Annakut Darshan Prasad (food offerings) to people who come to pray, this is offered as a gesture of blessing from God.
Day 5 – Bhai Bhij
Sisters call their Brothers to their homes for a meal. The Brother would give a gift or money to his sister once he has finished his meal. This is traditionally done so the Brother can check whether his Sister is happy in her marital home.
For everyone who wants to know, we are going into the Hindu year of 2072 (please do correct me if I’m wrong).
To whoever is celebrating Diwali, I hope you have an amazing Diwali and a prosperous New Year. Be safe with all the fireworks and make sure you eat a lot of Mattai (Indian sweets).
Love Bhav x
Moral of the Story: Good over evil, light over dark.
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Thank you to BBC Asian Network and Diwali Festival (Sources)
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Story of Lord Rama and Sita – http://goo.gl/AoZj74