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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The Five Days of Diwali

 

The celebrations range over the last 5 days of the Hindu calendar month, Ashwin. Each day has a different deity and different pujas. It is the beauty of the Hindu religion that people believe in many gods and goddesses and never forget to pray and honor them.

The first day, Dhanteras, is considered to be an auspicious day to buy gold and silver. On this day, the puja of Yam Raj, or the God of death, is done.

The second day, often referred to as choti (smaller) Diwali, was the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasur and freed the world from evil.

The main celebration with the lanterns and rangoli begins on the 3rd day. Laxmi is the deity who is offered prayers on this day, and since she brings wealth with her, Diwali is considered very lucky to embark on new ventures.

The Hindu New Year starts on the 4th day of Diwali and is observed by putting on new clothes and exchanging sweets among friends and family. Govardhan puja is performed on this day.

The last day of Diwali named Bhai Dooj, and can technically be called Sisters Day. On this day brothers visit their sisters to ask about their welfare. Depending on their beliefs, people celebrate Diwali for 3-5 days.

Continued on page 4: Diwali: Here and There; Then and Now »

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