Oct

03

Diwali Celebrations Last

Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights. It is celebrated in October or November each year. Diwali celebrations can last for about five days. What Do People Do? Millions of Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali with gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. The Diwali celebration in India takes place when the monsoon season ends and the weather is mild and pleasant. People try to pay off their old debts, make or buy new clothes and thoroughly clean their houses as part of the festival preparations. House exteriors are whitewashed and sometimes decorated with designs drawn in white rice flour and filled in […]

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Oct

03

When Is The Festival?

This year, Diwali begins on Sunday 27 October on the Gregorian calendar. Watch more The festival typically lasts for four to five days and coincides with the new moon on the Hindu lunisolar calendar, called amavasya. The new moon is the first lunar phase, which is when the moon and the sun have the same ecliptic longitude. Amavasya is known as the “darkest night” among Hindus, and is regarded as a powerful force for both good and evil. Diwali is preceded by Navaratri, another Hindu festival that is observed every autumn over the course of nine nights. Navaratri also symbolises the triumph of good over evil and commemorates the Hindu deity […]

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Oct

03

Diwali, The Festival Of Lights, Is A Religious Observance

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a religious observance commemorated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world. Every autumn, the observance sees millions of people attend firework displays, prayer services and festive events in celebration of the occasion. While Diwali holds significance for a variety of reasons, one of the core themes of the festival, as symbolised by the prevalence lights, is the triumph of good over evil. Here is everything you need to know about Diwali: What is Diwali? Diwali, also known as Deepavali or Dipavali, comes from the Sanksrit word dipavali meaning “row or series of lights”. Rajnish Kashyap, general secretary and director of Hindu Council UK, explains that […]

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Oct

03

Diwali Literally Means A Row Of Lights

The time of Diwali is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year. Diwali literally means a row of Lights. It is a time filled with light and love; a time when Indians all over the world rejoice. It is the darkest night of the darkest period, yet it is a celebration of light! Diwali is heralded as the triumph of good over evil. The meaning of Diwali, its symbols and rituals, and the reasons for celebration are innumerable. Diwali celebrates Lord Rama’s glorious and long awaited return to his kingdom of Ayodhya after his fourteen years of exile in the forests. It commemorates Lord Krishna’s victory […]

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Oct

03

The Spiritual Significance of Diwali

All of the simple rituals of Diwali have a significance and a story behind them. Homes are illuminated with lights, and firecrackers fill the skies as an expression of respect to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, and prosperity. According to one belief, the sound of firecrackers indicates the joy of the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the fumes produced by the firecrackers kill or repel many insects, including mosquitoes, which are plentiful after the rains. Beyond the lights, gambling, and fun, Diwali is also a time to reflect on […]

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Oct

03

Diwali, Also Spelled Divali

Diwali, also spelled Divali, one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of Karttika. (The corresponding dates in the Gregorian calendar usually fall in late October and November.) The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dipavali, meaning “row of lights,” which are lit on the new-moon night to invite the presence of Laksmi, the goddess of wealth. In Bengal, however, the goddess Kali is worshipped, and in north India the Festival also celebrates the return of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman to the city of Ayohya, where Rama’s rule of righteousness would commence. The third day of Diwali […]

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Oct

03

The Four Days of Diwali

Each day of Diwali has its own tale to tell. The first day of the festival, Naraka Chaturdasi marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Khrisna and his wife Satyabhama.  Amavasya, the second day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi when she is in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who, in his dwarf incarnation, vanquished the tyrant Bali and banished him to hell. Bali is allowed to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps and dispel darkness and ignorance while spreading the radiance of love and wisdom. It is on the third day of Deepawali, Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali […]

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Oct

03

The Origins of Diwali

Deepawali, Deepavali, or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is the festival of lights: deep means “light” and avali “a row” to become “a row of lights.” Diwali is marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates the country with its brilliance and dazzles people with its joy. The Diwali festival occurs in late October or early November. It falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, so it varies every year. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is marked with a different tradition. What remains constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment, and a sense of goodness. Historically, Diwali […]

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Oct

03

The Significance of Diwali

This article was written by Swami Nikhilanand, a Hindu spiritual teacher at Radha Madhav Dham Temple in Austin. Diwali or Deepawali, is a Festival of Lights that is celebrated with much joy and enthusiasm by Hindus all over the world.  It is a time for cleaning the houses, getting together with neighbors, family and friends.  Diwali is a time to share sweets with each other and remember that the light of God always triumphs over darkness. Diwali is celebrated differently in different regions of India.  It is the most famous of all the Hindu Festivals.  It falls on the (no moon day) of the Hindu month of Kartik –October/November. On Diwali […]

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Oct

03

Diwali Is The Five-Day Festival Of Lights

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Before you read on, take this Diwali quizto see how much you know about the festival.When is Diwali? The festival is usually some time between October and November, with the date changing each year. This year, it begins on Sunday 27 October and lasts for five days, with the main day of celebrations taking place on Tuesday.Where does the name Diwali come from? […]

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