Festival of Lights and its Significance
Diwali or Deepavali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus,
Diwali or Deepavali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, besides other religions as well --- Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists. Usually, this festival is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika [between mid-October and mid-November].
One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali or Deepavali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness and good over evil.”
Why is Diwali called the festival of lights?
Diwali is a feast of lamps and the festival significance symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
According to Hindu mythology, it is also a celebration of the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating Ravana in Lanka and serving 14 years of exile. People also celebrate by remembering the Pandavas who had returned home after 12 years of exile, following a humiliating loss to the Kauravas in the game of dice.
One can see, celebrants are busy cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas [oil lamps] and rangolis [colorful art circle patterns].
This year Diwali 2021 will be celebrated on November 4 all over the country.
- The Amavasya tithi begins 06:03 on Thursday, Nov 04, 2021, andends at 02:44 on Friday, Nov 05, 2021