Arun Pandey
Published: 2018-06-09 11:53:36

O ur day-to-day life is full of struggles, ordeals, and troubles. Thus, everyone needs time to renew their strength and enthusiasm to make their life full of zeal and joy. This is why we need festivals full of joy, colour, light and enthusiasm. One such festivals in India is Diwali.

Diwali - or to be precise - Deepavali, is a hindu festival of light and glory. Literal meaning of Deepavali is a chain of lanterns. This festival is celebrated on the second new moon of the hindi month Ashwin.

Many of the folklores associate this festival to rejoice the return of Lord Ram to his kingdom Ayodhya after spending fourteen years of exile. It is also the celebration of his victory over Ravana, a demon king who had abducted his wife, Sita during the exile. Some associate the festival to the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisasur, while others celebrate the coming of Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth.

Primarily, festivals are all about sharing love and joy and this is no exception. Crackers are the signature trend. Children start burning fire crackers all around. Even the houses and shops are cleaned and decorated. Environment lightens up. There is a saying to light up every nooks and corners on this festival. It has to be a festival of five days, where every day has its own importance. First day is Dhanteras, where Lord of wealth is worshipped and people tend to buy new utensils on this day. Second day is Narak Chaturdashi - fourteenth day of the month and is celebrated as victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasur. Third day is the most important and pompous day. Goddess Laxmi is worshipped today. Majority of the crackers are burnt and diyas are lit up. People stay awake all night and ensure that their diyas burn continuously throughout the night. Fourth day is Govardhan Puja, the day when Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan mountain to protect his fellow villagers of the heavy downpour due to the anger of Lord Indra. Fifth and the last day is Bhai Dooj, a festival of love for brothers and sisters.

Festivals are therefore a means of sharing love, spreading joy and making ourselves enthusiastic to move to our daily life with refreshed joy and zeal. But nowadays, festivals have lost their spirit because of the generations shifting towards more computerised celebrations. People tend to just send some fancy messages to their friends and loose the chance of joy they get. We must not let the amenities take us away from the true sharing of love and friendship. We must celebrate this festival with great care and responsibilities to take them to offspring with all spirits.


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