Diwali, also known as Deepawali is a well-known and one of the most celebrated festival in the world. It is well celebrated in South Asia, Canada, Australia and the United States of America. A national holiday is declared by Governments of India, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Burma and a few other countries, to celebrate this day with peace and harmony. The celebration happens because of the defeat of the devil from the evils and bringing lights to the darkness, that is why Diwali is performed by brightening all the lights, candles, fireworks and Diya lightings.
In India, Diwali is a performed by hosting special singing events and prayers of peace and virtue for the entire life. India, being the Hindu majority, celebrate the most out of this festival by wearing new clothes, lighting vigils and Día’s (pottery object with a candle effect in it), firing crackers on the streets, meeting friends and family members, and a lot more.
This festival is very important in the history of British India as well as the Sub Continent. The celebration last for almost 5 days and each day has its own perks.
The first day is called “Dhanteras”
Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the Hindu month, which is the month of Kartik. This day is celebrated as per myths and legends that the gods and demons churned up the milk ocean. This day is devoted mainly to peacefully pray to Hindu got Dhanvantari and therefore special kind of lamps and sweets are distributed. Also, the death of Lord Yamaraj.
The second day is called “Choti Diwali”
Celebrated on the fourteenth day of the month, this day marks the victory of good over bad and according to the legends, Krishna the lord defeated the demon named Narakasru and saved the mankind. Hindus celebrate this day by firing crackers on the streets and in their homes, and by massaging their body with fresh fragnance of special oil. Rangoli, which is a special rainbow-colored circle painting can also be seen during this day.
The third, fourth and five days are called Laxmi Puja, Govandhan Puja and Bhai Duj respectively. Each occasion is equally fascinating, and tens of performances occur during these 5 days. The great care and affection of Hindu sisters and brothers can also be seen during these days. Moreover, sweets and gifts are also distributed, exchanged and given to the poor on Diwali.