Diwali, popularly known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ is a five-day Hindu festival marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year and is considered one of the most important festivals of their year. As I love learning about various cultures and celebrations and didn’t know much about Diwali, I was excited to do some research to learn all about it and its festivities.
Diwali celebrations vary in different regions and communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally ‘the awareness of the inner light’. A few weeks prior to the Diwali festival people who celebrate will often begin cleaning their houses and planning their parties in preparation for all the family get togethers and fun community celebrations. They will shop for new clothes and in fact many of the stores will have discounts and offers for Diwali with attractive prices on electronic items like phones and televisions etc. People buy sweets, decorations and lighting to be used during the holiday. Streets, homes and even stores will be decorated with lights and multitudes of firecrackers play a big part of the Diwali celebration.
On the big day of Diwali, religious prayers are conducted to celebrate good over evil and light over darkness. Families and friends get together to exchange sweets and other amazing foods whether bought or homemade (for instance Mullu Thenkuzhal). The day is filled with prayer, feasts of great food and in the evening the sky is lit with fireworks.
The day following Diwali is New Year! While only celebrated in some parts of India, family again gathers for more fun and festivities and share gifts of sweets and other foods.
Eventastic.com is a fun and easy way of planning events and inviting guests to the gatherings using cool video technology whether it be a small traditional family get together or a community wide celebration. We hope to help families this year with their Diwali festivities.
Have a very safe and happy Diwali.