Diwali is one of the most important Indian festivals celebrated by the Hindus. It has a great significance since the name “Diwali” means “display of lights”. Diwali fills humanity with great enlightenment and happiness.
Diwali is the most important festival celebrated by the Hindus all over the world. It is the occasion of gathering and sharing. The great significance of Diwali has always been enticing me with great thoughts.
The human soul is always crying in its depth with the chanting Mantra of Brhadaranyaka
Upanishad “Asato ma sadgamaya; tamaso ma jyotirgamaya” which means “Lead me from falsehood to Truth and from darkness to Light” This is the fundamental quest of every soul and the sap of every religion. Diwali is the festival that calls mankind to fulfill this karma of enlightenment. Diwali means enlightenment. It means self-enlightenment as well as enlightening others. It is shown symbolically by displaying lights or little lamps in and around the house.
In Hindu philosophy darkness means ignorance and light means the divine knowledge. By displaying lamps in and out people express their earnest desire to seek God’s presence to bring prosperity in their lives. Lighting lamps and displaying fireworks symbolize the destruction of ignorance, through true knowledge of divine light. It is a significance of destroying all negative forces- wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, fear, injustice, and oppression.
Why Diwali festival is celebrated on the dark new moon day?
Diwali is a festival that signifies casting away every darkness. It is celebrated on the early morning of a new moon day (moonless night which is called Amavasya) when nature is dark and sleeping. It symbolizes in every way that it is a celebration of the victory of good over evil and the casting out of spiritual darkness.
In fact, in North India it is the starting day of a new calendar year. Celebrating Diwali on this day means a refreshed beginning of new life free from all the evils of the past.
Diwali purifies body and mind
The traditional oil bath very early in the morning symbolizes cleaning both body and mind. The oil bath symbolizes a kind of baptism in the waters of the River Ganges.The first question people share on Diwali is “Have you finished the Ganges Bath?” The Ganges is the holy River that is supposed to clean all sins when people take a dip in it.
Diwali is sharing joy with everyone
Diwali aims at enlightenment in body, mind and soul by celebrating the festival together sharing joy in every possible way. From toddling infants to tottering old people, all share the joy of the festival by wearing new dress, eating sweets, firing crackers and exchanging gifts.
Entertainment and Sharing Joy
Diwali brings to the mind the flashes of multi-colored and charming fireworks. Sprinkle of this colorful fireworks and bursting noise of the crackers symbolize the joy at the victory over evil. Children have great fun and sharing enjoyment.
Diwali sweets share joy with all
Without sweets there is no Diwali. It sweetens the day not only for the people at home but also all around. Sweets are exchanged among all. The Hindus share sweets with people of other religions and all those who are connected in their lives.
Another encouraging habit of Diwali is the practice of giving gifts. All kinds of workers get gifts and bonus payments.
In short, I find Diwali as a very encouraging festival of harmony and joy. For me Diwali is not a religious festival but is an occasion of sharing joy among all since evil is always defeated by goodness.
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