DIWALI : A Festival Of Victory over Evil, Joy with Family and Fireworks
दीपावली, भारत में मनाया जाने वाला सबसे बड़ा त्योहार है। दीपों का खास पर्व होने के कारण इसे दीपावली या दीवाली नाम दिया गया।
दीपावली का मतलब होता है, दीपों की अवली यानि पंक्ति। दीपों की पंक्तियों से सुसज्जित इस त्योहार को दीपावली कहा जाता है.
[Updated Note : This Year Diwali is going to be celebrated on October 27, 2019]
कार्तिक माह की अमावस्या को मनाया जाने वाला यह महापर्व, अंधेरी रात को असंख्य दीपों की रौशनी से प्रकाशमय कर देता है। यह October या November के महीने मे पड़ता है ! इस बार दिवाली 11 November 2015 को है !
India is a country of festivals where almost all festivals are celebrated with great love and peace. People greet each other on these days and share love and blessings. Many legends are associated with this festival. It marks the victory of God “Ram” over demon ‘Ravana’. As a matter of fact, Diwali is the symbol of the victory of the forces of good over evil.
Diwali festival is the festival of the whole country and its also being celebrated in few foreign countries. It is celebrated in every nook and Corner of our country. Thus this festival also creates a sense of oneness among the people. It becomes the symbol of unity. India has been celebrating this festival for thousands of years and continues to celebrate it even today which is both historical and religious.
FLASH ON WORSHIPPING THE GODDESS
Today Goddess Lakshmi (the Goddess of wealth) is being worshipped. People do prayers so that Goddess Lakshmi may visit their houses. Worship is being performed at the night of Diwali day.
In few states of India, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali (the dark goddess of strength), Lord Ganesha (the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom).
The Method of worshipping and useful mantras are given in the following blog link:
Great perpetrations are made for this festival. Everyone starts making arrangement one month before Diwali, new cloths are purchased, houses are cleaned and decorated with lights, flowers etc.
People call and invite their nearest and dearest ones. On this festival, sweets are made and distributed among friends and relatives. People indulge in fun and frolic on the day of Diwali. New clothes are worn by the young and the old. At the same time during night, fire-works and crackers are also let off. The bright flames of the fire-work present an exquisite sight in the dark night.
The festival wears a lovely look. At night the people illuminate their houses, walls and terraces with earthen pots. The glittering lights (Diyas & Candles) in the darkness of night present a bewitching spectacle.
Apart from houses, public buildings and government officers are also lit up. The scene of lights and illumination is very enchanting.
CELEBRATION AMONG KIDS
Deepavali is the very favorite festival among kids. During Diwali celebrants wear new clothes, shares sweets and
snacks with their family members and friends. Bursting crackers is the very favorite and lovable part for kids during this festival. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to evil spirits, so it is a noisy holiday too! Kids appears more happy on this day.
Some Indian business communities begin the financial year on the first day of Diwali, hoping for prosperity the
following year. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to
all near and dear ones.
RANGOLI DESIGNS : Ladies are excited to some more decoration and celebration by making Rangoli on the ground. They also lit up the lamps around or inside the designed pattern as per their looks.
STORIES BEHIND THE FESTIVAL :
दीप जलाने की प्रथा के पीछे अलग-अलग कारण या कहानियां हैं।
1) हिंदू मान्यताओं में राम भक्तों के अनुसार कार्तिक अमावस्या को भगवान श्री रामचंद्रजी चौदह वर्ष का वनवास काटकर तथा असुरी वृत्तियों के प्रतीक रावणादि का संहार करके अयोध्या लौटे थे। तब अयोध्यावासियों ने राम के राज्यारोहण पर दीपमालाएं जलाकर महोत्सव मनाया था। इसीलिए दीपावली हिंदुओं के प्रमुख त्योहारों में से एक है।
2) कृष्ण भक्तिधारा के लोगों का मत है कि इस दिन भगवान श्री कृष्ण ने अत्याचारी राजा नरकासुर का वध किया था। इस नृशंस राक्षस के वध से जनता में अपार हर्ष फैल गया और प्रसन्नता से भरे लोगों ने घी के दीए जलाए।
3) एक पौराणिक कथा के अनुसार विंष्णु ने नरसिंह रुप धारणकर हिरण्यकश्यप का वध किया था |
4) एक अन्य मतानुसार, इसी दिन समुद्रमंथन के पश्चात लक्ष्मी व धन्वंतरि प्रकट हुए |
” Let your Sorrows Burst Like Crackers,
Your Happiness be like Sparkles,
Your Dreams Soar like Rockets and Let your Life be Enlightened like Lamps…”
Recommedations & Safety Tips for Diwali :
Diwali is the time for fun and festivity. Regardless of age, anyone from six year old to sixty year old enjoy firing crackers and having their favourite sweets on the day of Diwali. However we also see and hear a lot of accidents related to Diwali crackers in the the newspaper and TV news channels. Most of these unfortunate accidents can be prevented by following these basic tips. Hope you take some cues from this page and have a safe and joyful Diwali.
The Do’s –
1. Make sure you buy Fireworks from a licensed shop. Always keep the fireworks in a closed box.
2. Store crackers away from sources of fire or ignition; also keep them away from the reach of toddlers.
3. Read the instructions and follow all safety precautions instructed with regard to the use of fireworks.
4. Burst crackers in open spaces like playgrounds and fields.
5. While lighting the crackers, stand at an arm’s length, away from the Cracker.
6. Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water this way you can avoid people from stepping on to and hurting their feet from used fireworks which are thrown on the ground.
7. Keep buckets of water and blankets ready, in case a fire breaks out.
8.Wear thick cotton clothes while bursting crackers, so as to ensure maximum safety from fire.
9. While igniting Diwali aerial fireworks like rockets, ensure that they are not facing any opening like a window, door or an open building gate. If the rockets zoom into them, it may cause fire accidents.
10. Wear footwear while lighting Diwali fireworks. Light only one firework at a time and one person should do it. Others should watch from a safe distance. Also, put your vehicles in a garage.
The Don’ts –
1. Don’t burn crackers in crowded, congested places, narrow lanes, near sources of fire or inside the house.
2. Don’t let children burst crackers unaccompanied by an adult. Keep an eye on them constantly.
3. Don’t put fireworks in your pocket. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in North America.
4. Don’t dare to examine un-burst crackers.. leave it!! Light a new cracker.
5. Don’t show the Dare-devilery of lighting crackers on own hands. One tends to light bombs, by bringing them close to the candle or incense, rather than bringing the incense close to the bomb. Avoid doing such feats, as there are chances of the firework falling on someone passing by.
6. Avoid long loose clothes, as they are fast in catching fire.
7. Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead obstruction present like trees and wires.
8. Never ever leave a lit match, agarbatti (incense stick) or sparkler near unused crackers. Never experiment with crackers or make your own fireworks.
9. Don’t keep your face close to the cracker while trying to light it. Do not throw fireworks at people. Never give any firework item to small children.
10. When crackers take time or do not ignite immediately, do not keep in trying to burst them. Move away immediately. Throw some water to diffuse them.
Enjoy and Celebrate an Ecofriendly Diwali too as this is the day of raising pollution to its higher level. Enjoy Diwali with less and little exploring items of fireworks.
Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New year ahead…thank you !!
Regards: Jessica Soni and IA Team