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Diwali called the festival of lights!
These lamps mailly called Deepavali (say “deep-a-vallee”), which is where we get the beautiful word Diwali.
The lights line the street and even floated down rivers on little boats.
Nowadays the traditional small lamps joined by battery and electric light displays , LEDs and many more
Diwali is always in October or November.
The five days of Diwali.
- The 1st day is usually a shopping day, especially for gold or silver.
- The 2nd day used to decorate the home.
- The 3rd day is the main day of the festival with fireworks at night and a feast with family and friends.
- On the 4th day spouses exchange gifts.
- On the 5th day brothers and sisters and thier family spend time together.
- Millions of people around the world celebrate Diwali.In the Hindu religion it’s also a time to honour the gods and in hindu bhagwaan , especially the goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to step inside your home if it is clean (wait, does that mean I should tidy my room?).
The main celebrations on the darkest night of the festival. This year that’s on , October 27th. Sunday
This year it’s starting on October 25th and run for 5 days, finishing up on , October 29th Tuesday.
It’s an official holiday for many countries for instance : in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Fiji etc.
In places like Australia ,Leicester, England, there fireworks and street festivals attended by 10,.000 peoples
Families will clean their homes their shops and buy new clothes.
Businesses settle up their accounts
During the festival, complicated beautiful designs called rangoli are made on floors or the ground using coloured rice or powder etc . to bring good luck.
Families also visit each other bringing gifts and sweets and many more.
DIWALI CELEBRATED OVER FIVE DAYS.
- ONE: People clean their homes and shop for gold or kitchen utensils to help bring good fortune.
- TWO: People decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.
- THREE: On the main day of the festival, families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.
- FOUR: This is the first day of the new year, when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
- FIVE: Brothers visit their married sisters, who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.
- This year, Diwali begins on 27 October Sunday
The new moon is the first lunar phase.
which is the moon and the sun have the same longitude.
Amavasya is known as the “darkest night” in the Hindus, and is regarded as a powerful force for both good as well as evil. similarly
- Diwali is preceded by Navaratri, Hindu festival that is observed every winter over the course of nine nights.Navaratri also symbolises the great achievment of good over evil and the Hindu deity Durga, the goddess of war. similarly
How it celebrated?
As Diwali is a celebration of light over darkness, those who observe the festival typically decorate their homes with of lights.
People will also clean their homes in preparation for Diwali,
“In India every year, houses and thier shops are cleaned, and always with sparkling fairy lights the director of Hindu Council UK states.similarly
The floor that are makes using materials including rice, coloured sand and flower petals.
Gifts and sweets also exchanged during Diwali. with the exchange of thier feelings
as are wishes for a “Happy Diwali”.similarly
while Diwali “probably best experienced in India”
“In London Diwali has become a ‘big event’ to celebrate the culture and traditions of India,”
London really goes for it. Add in a large array of Indian food to sample from all the food stalls
In Leicester, multiple event are taking place in celebration of Diwali, including an exhibition of rangoli designs.similarly
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