The beginning of the Hindu New Year, Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India. Deepvali is the sanskrit word meaning rows of lights.
This festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile. Twinkling oil lamps or diyas light up every home and firework displays are common all across the country, the entrance of houses are decorated with Rangoli.. The goddess Lakshmi (consort of Vishnu), who is the symbol of wealth and prosperity, is also worshipped on this day. In the south, Diwali has two more legends connected with it. The first legend again concerns the victory of good over evil. Narakasura the demon of hell, challenged Krishna to battle. After a fierce fight lasting two days, the demon was killed at dawn on Narakachaturdashi. Talk about diversity!
The celebrations take place on the darkest night of the lunar month, Amavasya, when diyas burn and the sky is ablaze with fire crackers of all kinds. It’s not only the festival of lights, it’s also a festival of colours. True, Indian colours that adorn places of worship and decorate houses across the country.
It’s an occasion for families to meet and catch up with each other. It is also the perfect occasion to catch up with close friends with whom you always mean to spend time with, something you never quite get around to doing in the hustle and hurry of everyday life.
How to wish someone for diwali:
You either say “Happy Deepavali” (dee-paa-va-lee) to a South Indian & “shubh diwali” (shoob-dee-va-lee) to a North Indian
diwali to me:
Diwali to me brings plesant memories of back home and my childhood days. Growing up the objective for me and brother was two fold: Be the first ones in the street to wake people with firecrackers. We were fed a scary appetizer Marunthu which we used to detest. The bottom line was food, crackers, relatives and a good freaking time! Brings back plesant memories. Celebrations in the US boils down to lunches and parties with friends. Anyways hope you all have a happy Deepavali!