Deepavali – Indian Festival of Lights

Deepavali or Diwali is one of the most important Festivals in India. Deepavali though celebrated throughout the country for one day. It is widely celebrated in North India popularly. Deepavali is commonly known as the festival of lights. Deepa is a short of Deepam, which means light in Tamil and southern languages.

This was the day when Narakasuran was killed by Lord Krishnan. On this auspicious day, people lit light in clay made lamp filled oil. Decorating the house with these tiny pots, this makes the house and the streets look great, awesome and beautiful. Everyone wear new clothes and burn crackers to make the day memorable one. Everyone enjoy sharing their love by distributing sweets and food prepared at their houses.

DeepavaliDeepavali is celebrated in few of the religions in India; each religion has its own reason to celebrate Deepavali. There are several events associated with Deepavali. Deepavali has significant meaning as “awareness of the inner Light”, “winning evil over the good” This is celebrated in the month of October or November, depending on the moon.

This is said to be celebrated in the month of “Karthika” in Tamil Calendar. Children eagerly wait for this day and everyone start preparing for this most awaited day “Deepavali”. People purchase new clothes, fire-crackers and women start to prepare various home-made sweets. One of the most favorite snacks during this time of Festivals in India would be “Muruku” a snack prepared from flour and fried.

Most of us think that Deepavali is celebrated only in India, but there are countries where Deepavali celebrated and it’s a national holiday. Those countries are Malaysia, Fiji, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and many other countries. Though it’s the same festival celebrated for different reasons in different parts of the country and world. It is celebrated on the same day all over the world and country. This one festival of India unites all the people, bringing peace, happiness and understanding.

Deepavali is not only celebrated by the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and other form of Hinduism, but this is also celebrated by non-hindu people. This is due to the sharing and happiness of sharing makes each and everyone to celebrate the festival. This festival brings indifference among differences. Festivals in India are celebrated with different cause and at different seasons.