Sunday, October 27, is the official day of Diwali; isn’t it amazing?
Diwali, Deepavali, or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights; it is celebrated every autumn.
Did you know it is a five-day celebration?
This 2019 Diwali starts on October 26 in some regions of South India.
Dhanteras, for example, marks the beginning of the five days long Diwali festival on Monday, October 28.
Fun-Fact: Diwali’s dates move depending on the lunar calendar. Diwali celebrates the new moon of the first lunar month called Kartik.
What does Diwali mean? Diwali means “Row of Lights.” The triumph of good over evil, the truth over falsehood, and of light over darkness.
The story of Diwali comes from the epic Ramayana, a book. We will talk about that later.
What to do? We light scented oil lamps or candles at home to welcome the light and the good.
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Today I want to share with you the five days of Diwali and their meaning. Stay tuned because these days, I will also share the legends.
As Martin said, Diwali is one of the most important Hindu celebrations. It is known as the Festival of Light.
The Diwali festival is scheduled according to the Hindu lunar calendar. It begins at the end of the month of Ashwin and welcomes the first lunar month name Kartik.
Diwali extends to five days:
The first day of Diwali is called Dhanvantari Triodasi (Dhan Teras), and it is on the 13th day of the dark half of Ashwin. This day closes the cycle of the dark.
The second day of Diwali is Narak Chaturdasi. It is on the 14th lunar day of the dark half of month Kartik. This is Diwali’s Eve. This was the day when deity Krishna defeated the demon called Narakasur on this day and that his victory released the world from crippling fear.
Diwali is on the 3rd day, and Hindus devote this day to the worship of deity Lakshmi. This is the day to have a party and celebrate the arrival of the light. Invite family and friends to share the light and the good.
The 4th day, it’s the day after Diwali Night. This celebration happens already in the month of Kartik. According to the Hindu religion, this day marks the victory of Lord Krishna over the arrogance of Lord Indra. People also celebrate with a pile of grains that symbolize Govardhan Mountain.
The 5th day of Diwali is mainly celebrated in the Northern States of India. This day usually falls on the second day after the new moon or Amavasya and celebrated the sibling bonds. On this day, siblings exchange gifts and blessings.
What an exciting celebration Diwali is! It’s a time to reinforce the bonds with friends and family.
Let’s light candles to welcome light and good in our homes.
Stay tuned for the stories and legends about Diwali.
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Many years ago, like 2,000 years ago; Celts used to celebrate Samhain. To them, Samhain was New Year, as well as the ending of the old, and harvest season.
This day was both magical, and also the most frightening time of the whole year.
At Samhain's Eve on the last day of October, time lost all meaning and the past, present, and future became one. The line dividing the world of the living, and the world of the dead were so thin; that the dead people were able to walk into the world of the living. It was a night of ghosts, demons, and witches.
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