What is Diwali?
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus worldwide. It is a festival of lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali usually lasts for five days and is marked by various rituals, decorations, and festivities.
When is Diwali 2023?
Diwali in 2023 will be celebrated on November 12th. The date of Diwali varies each year as it is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar. Diwali falls on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu calendar.
Significance of Diwali
Diwali holds great cultural and religious significance for Hindus. It is believed to be the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama by lighting oil lamps, which is why lighting lamps is an essential part of Diwali celebrations.
How is Diwali Celebrated?
Diwali celebrations vary across different regions and communities, but there are some common traditions and rituals. People clean and decorate their homes with colorful rangoli designs and flowers. They light oil lamps (diyas) and candles to illuminate their surroundings. Fireworks are also a popular part of the celebrations.
During Diwali, families gather together to perform puja (prayers) to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. They offer sweets, fruits, and other delicacies as part of the rituals. Exchanging gifts and sweets with friends and relatives is also a common practice during Diwali.
Diwali Around the World
Diwali is not only celebrated in India but also by Hindus living all around the world. In countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji, Diwali is a public holiday. The festival brings people together, regardless of their geographical location, to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness.
Diwali is a joyous festival that brings happiness, prosperity, and togetherness. It is a time to celebrate the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. In 2023, Diwali will be celebrated on November 12th. So mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant and festive spirit of Diwali!