Celebrate the Triumph of Good Over Evil

Every festival, irrespective of its faith and culture, has an origin-story - a legend so significant that people celebrate it to relive those lost moments. Diwali is no different, with a history as lovely as any fairytale...

BY: Roni Roshni

 

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Diwali Rituals

The significance of diyas or lanterns in Diwali (also known as Deepawali) is hidden in its name. Deepawali can be broken into deep (meaning light) and avali (meaning rows of). On the night of Diwali, houses are decorated with earthen lamps, candles, and today's decorations also include rows of LED lights. When observed from a height, it feels as if millions of stars have fallen on Earth to light it up with their golden luminescence.

Bursting of firecrackers is a mandatory Diwali tradition, symbolizing a way to ward off evil and bring prosperity. Another famous Diwali ritual is Rangoli, which involves drawing colorful designs on house entrances to welcome the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. It’s amazing how Diwali fills the daylight with colors and the darkness with light.

Continued on page 3: The Five Days of Diwali »

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