Diwali Festival in India
Diwali Festival is one of the famous Hindu festivals and has another name Deepavali. The devotees celebrate the festival on a grand scale, and the children enjoy it on the festival day. Diwali lights are arranged in a row to take away the dooms from life with the light and believe that victory of good over evil. The lights also indicate the ignorance of the people annihilated and causes increasing knowledge. The festival also celebrates on the eve of Rama’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile and the birth of Lakshmi.
Deepavali festival is celebrated in India and Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Fiji for two days; the first is called Dhanteras, and the second is Chaturdasi.
How to Celebrate Diwali
On the festival day, the devotees woke up early, scrubbed their Homes, and decorated for the festival. Women of the family decorated their hands with henna patterns, dressed in traditional costumes and prepared sweets outside of the homes decorated in the shapes of lotus flowers with rice flour and colours. In the evening, the women dressed in new clothes and kept the lights in a row in front of their houses. Inside the house, the family members perform the Goddess Lakshmi Puja. These all indicated that Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, can safely carry into their homes. After the Goddess Lakshmi Puja, the family members distribute the unique traditional sweets to each other and exchange Diwali gifts with friends and family members. It is also surprising that the soldiers trade and distribute sweets and facilities at the Pakistan and India border.
Legends behind the Diwali celebrations
Diwali also celebrates by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and is known as the festival of lights. There are many stories behind Deepavali celebrations; among them, the level of Prince Rama and Sita is one. King Dashratha, the ruler of Ayodhya and father of Rama, wanted to make Rama the king and retire from his post. But Queen Kaikeyi, the stepmother of Rama, had wanted her son Bharata to be the next king to the throne of Ayodhya.
Rama Went to Forests:
So she forced Dasaratha to send Rama into exile for 14 years from Ayodhya and live in the forests. Then Rama left Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana and went to the woods for 14 years. One day, the demon king Ravana kidnapped Sita, dragged her to his kingdom and kept them in Ashoka’s garden. Rama knew the place of Sita with the help of the Monkey army, especially Anjaneya. He invaded Lanka with a monkey army and killed the demon Ravana. After 14 years, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya. The people of Ayodhya rejoiced about the arrival of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana and lit Oil lamps to welcome them and guide them on their way home. The welcome ceremony turned into Diwali Festival in the following days.
Deepavali Celebrations in India
The people celebrate the festival celebrations according to the customs of various regions in India. But most people prepared the same dishes on the occasion of this festival. One week before the festival, the family’s women prepare Diwali dishes like traditional sweets’ mithai’ and other snacks. In the evening of the festival day, all families prepare ‘Payasam’, the other delicious dish.
Influence of Diwali Festival on Business
Some believed that on this auspicious day, any investment kept on business or started any new work would bring luck to them. So the companies conduct a one-hour low-price trading session to do big business. Especially in Mumbai, the Stockbrokers decorate their offices with Diwali decorations in anticipation of the session. Many people consider these Diwali investments lucky, and the Newspapers also publish stock tips to coincide with the festival. The children fire the Diwali crackers in the evening with great joy.