The festival of light is a beautiful occasion to bring positivity and bonding and is a widely celebrated festival in India, transcending religious borders. The word Deepavali finds its origins in Sanskrit, meaning rows of lighted diyas. Going by the Hindu calendar, Deepavali falls on the fifteenth days of the Karthika month, i.e., either in October or November, corresponding to the Georgian Calendar.
Not just India, the festival is celebrated worldwide with countries like Trinidad and Tobago, Srilanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, and other countries having national holidays for the festival.
Significance of Diwali
Hindus, Jain's, and Sikhs celebrate this festival predominantly, with each religion having a historical or cultural significance attached to the festival.
Hindus celebrate the return of Lord Rama with Seetha and Lakshman to Ayodhya after their 14 years exile. The festival is also significant for other reasons.
- It marks the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi worshipped during Diwali.
- During Deepavali, on Narakachartudashi day, Lord Krishna, his consort Satyabhama, and Goddess Kali slew the demon Narakasura.
Jains celebrate Diwali to commemorate the attainment of liberation. It was on this day that Lord Mahaveera attained Moksha after delivering his final teachings to his disciples.
For Sikhs, the day celebrates the liberation of Guru Hargobind Sahabji and 52 princes who were in emperor Shah Jahan's captivity.
The festival of diya's is a festival of enlightenment for the people, which tells them problems are common even to gods, gurus, and leaders, and one must have the patience to face it bravely - for this too shall pass.
Celebrating Diwali - Traditions associated with the festival
For many people, Diwali also marks the beginning of a new year. Clean your homes should top the list during this Diwali. If you have not put something to use in the past six months, you will not likely use them in the upcoming days. For such things, you can choose to re-sell them or donate them to the needy. Clear the clutter to make a place for new positive things at home. The entire process can turn into a family event, with all the members playing an essential role in the cleaning process.
The festival spreads across five days. Customs dictate everyone to take an oil bath and wear colorful new clothes. No matter the difficulties, Diwali is a time to dress well, light diya's, worship god, eat sweets, visit relatives, and spread happiness everywhere.
The first day is Dhanteras. People decorate their homes with decoration items, various diya's, colorful rangoli's, thus formally indicating the beginning of the festival.
The second day is Naraka Chaturdashi, which signifies Lord Krishna and Satyabhama's victory over Narakasura, who had held 16,000 princesses captive. People in southern India celebrate this day as Deepavali.
The third day is the Lakshmi Puja and also the darkest day of the month. According to mythology, Goddess Lakshmi was born on the Sharad Poornima day during the Samudra Manthan. Praying to her on this auspicious day will bless you with wealth and help retain it.
The fourth day of the festivities celebrates the relationship between a married couple. It is known as Govardhan Puja or Bali Padwa.
The last and final day is Bhai-dooj. It rejoices the relationship between brothers and sisters. Some communities also celebrate the final day by worshipping Vishwakarma, who is the divine architect. On this day, the workmen polish and take care of their trade tools.
Diwali Decoration Items for Home and Office
As in the name, the first decoration item for both home and office are Diyas. Diya's signify the journey from darkness to light, which is also the message of the festival. Just as one diya can illuminate its entire surrounding, driving the darkness away, a person has to wait for one chance to prove their worth.
Aroma Diffusers are worth an investment. It helps to disperse mild fragrance throughout homes making your guests feel welcome. You can choose from a spectrum of natural scents like lemongrass, rose, green grass, and more. Aroma diffusers can be both electric or non-electric. Depending on usage and needs, pick the one that suits your homes the best.
Toran's or bandhanwar's are the perfect decoration items to decorate your doorways. You can choose simple, elegant torans to one's studded with decorative stones. Torans also go a long way in making a statement of a warm welcome to guests visiting you.
Not just homes, you should also decorate your deities. Diety Mala/Garland, add an elegant look to and will last for days. You can mix natural flower mala's to match the Deity mala made of pearls, sandalwood, rudraksh, or artificial flowers to resemble the real one.
One of the essential items for not just Diwali but any festival is the Puja Thali. There are exciting collections online that can help you arrange everything you need to perform pooja in one thali. Made of diverse materials like steel, brass, copper, or silver, you can even opt for more colorful Kalamkari or Meenakari pooja thali this Diwali.
Colorful rangolis are a must for Diwali. It is what adds to the celebrations. You can pick Rangoli Stickers to go with your rangoli and enhance their looks. You can also shop for beautiful designer diya to keep on your rangolis to add an enchanted look to your rangoli. Not just that, with the Gadapa design rangoli stickers, you can also design your thresholds, pooja rooms, and front doors.
Tealight Candle Holders and tealight candles are a beautiful way to add that enchanted look for the festival of lights. The holders transform the look and feel of homes. The tealight holders have aesthetical designs to make fantastic wall hangings, stands, lanterns at pocket-friendly price ranges. The tealight holders come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, to cater to every need of each occasion and individual.
Other decorative items to light up your homes and make them looks bright are fairy lights; rice lights; sky lanterns; hanging lanterns; urli's to fill them up with water, flowers, and floating aroma candles to modify your interior looks; Lakshmi and Ganesha idols; earthen diyas; wall hangings; and many more.
Add in a splash of color and make the festival of light much more. Light up homes, decorate them to make them warm and spend time with family to develop bonds and eat all the mouth-watering festive dishes. Welcome this Diwali with open arms, and spread the joy of smiles with PujaNPujari.