Diwali 2022 Importance: Diwali is one of the major festivals among the Hindu community of India and other countries. It is celebrated as the ‘Festival of Lights’ as people light their homes with earthen lamps and also with electric lights, in the contemporary version. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Monday, 24 October. Let us tell you that it is celebrated on the darkest night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik.
According to the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls between mid-October to mid-November. Usually we have read stories about Diwali, how Lord Ram returned after 14 years of exile and the people of Ayodhya welcomed him by lighting the entire streets with earthen lamps. It was the darkest night of the Kartik month of the Hindu lunar calendar.
importance of Diwali
People often clean their house during Diwali. The cleaning process usually begins a week before the main festival. Some people also get their house painted anew before Diwali. On Diwali, people wear new clothes and decorate their homes with earthen lamps and candles. Nowadays electric lights are available in the market for lighting homes and offices. Public places are also cleaned and decorated. Gifts are distributed among neighbors, friends and family. Some people also make sweets at home and distribute them among friends.
Diwali: The Story Behind Its Celebration; history, legend
The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word which means row of lights. Therefore, people often put earthen lamps in their home to illuminate their personal space. Also, celebrated on Amavasya (no moon night), Diwali is celebrated with earthen diyas and artificial lights illuminate the place.
According to Skanda Purana, earthen lamps or diyas symbolize the Sun, which describes it as the cosmic giver of light and energy.
According to the Hindu epic Ramayana, Diwali is the day when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in the forests. Many Hindus also believe that Goddess Lakshmi was born during the churning of the cosmic ocean (Samudra Manthan) on Diwali.
A Vedic legend also states that it was the night of Diwali when Goddess Lakshmi decided to live and marry Lord Vishnu. Along with Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha is also remembered as a symbol of new beginnings and is worshiped on the day of Diwali.
The people of eastern India associate Diwali with the goddess Durga and her fiery Kali avatar, while the people of the Braj region of northern India believe that Diwali was the day when Krishna conquered and destroyed the evil king Narakasura.
Merchants and merchant families worship Goddess Saraswati, who is worshiped as the giver of music, literature and knowledge. Kuber, who is worshiped as the god of wealth, is also remembered on the day of Diwali.