Diwali is a Hindu festival which gets celebrated around the world by Indians of all castes and creeds. The excitement level of Indians festival for Diwali is same as the excitement level of Britishers for Christmas.
The First day of Diwali: Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali. Dhana means Wealth or the Goddess of Wealth, Laxmi and Teras mean the thirteenth day of the Indian Calendar. People do several rituals worship for the Goddess Laxmi, and it signifies the celebration of the importance of Wealth and Prosperity in our lives.
The Second day of Diwali: This day is also called Naraka Chaturdashi or the Little Diwali. Naraka means hell and signifies the slaying of the demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna, as per mythology. A small part of the Diwali celebrations starts on this day.
The Third day of Diwali: This is called the ‘Big Diwali’ or the ‘Main day of Diwali’. All family and friends get together, visit each other’s homes. People buy and put on new or their best clothes; the mood is full of music, celebrations, and laughter. Special Diwali Sweets are made and shared. Lights and Diwali lanterns are put up all over the house and all over the city. Traditionally firecrackers used to be lit by people throughout the day, but more recently due to Pollution concerns, noiseless and pollution-free firecrackers are preferred.
The Fourth day of Diwali: This day is called ‘Padva’. This day has two significances. One, it is a celebration of the husband and wife relationship and two it is also the New Year as per the Indian Traditional Calendar.
The Fifth day of Diwali: This day is called Bhau-beej or Bhai-dooj. This is a special day celebrating the relationship between Brother and Sister. They have some special cultural rituals signifying the strengthening of their bond.
How Diwali Is Celebrated in India
- People decorate their houses with bright colored lights having unique designs. Every year, lights companies offer various new designs due to which the houses of people stay bright and colorful throughout the Diwali night. In addition to it, people spark Diyas on their terraces and other corners of the houses as well which acts as a symbol of victory of light over darkness.
- People use firecrackers to show their love for this amazing festival, and from the beginning of the day till the next morning, one can hear the noises of firecrackers getting burst.
- Various temples like the Golden temple get decorated beautifully, and people gather here to enjoy the auspicious occasion of Diwali.
There are some problems with this amazing festival as well that due to the firecrackers, the country gets polluted heavily and people face difficulty in breathing for a few days. Other than it, it is one of the most enjoyable festivals of the country.