Diwali 2022: 17 Interesting & Unusual Facts about the Festival of Lights
Happy Diwali 2022: Diwali's name is derived from the Sanskrit term Deepavali which means "row of lights". The festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness.
Every year, the date of this festival is calculated by the Hindu lunar calendar. For Diwali celebrations, the preparation begins weeks before the festival.
On this auspicious day, houses, shops, and other buildings are decorated with lights, candles, diyas, and rangoli. etc. Everywhere we can see illuminations. People meet with their relatives, and friends, and exchange sweets and gifts. Lord Ganesha and Lakhsmi, the Goddesses of wealth are worshipped on Diwali night for wealth, health, and prosperity. People and children play with crackers and sparklers. Let us read 17 interesting and unknown facts about the Diwali festival through this article.
17 interesting facts about Diwali
According to many legends, the Diwali festival is associated with the victory of Rama over Ravana. It is said that on this day Lord Rama reached Ayodhya along with Sita and Lakshmana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana with several decorations and illuminated the place with diyas. According to Jain, on this day Lord Mahavira attained "moksha or salvation".
- Diwali is an important religious festival in India. Along with Hindus, the festival of light is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains on account of different beliefs and values.
- The history of facts and traditions related to Diwali dates back nearly 3 millennia. However, there are no exact dates due to assorted religions, mythologies, and vast history.
- The word Diwali (or Deepavali as it’s sometimes called) is derived from the Indian ancient language Sanskrit which means “row of lights”.
- The exact dates for Diwali change every year and completely depend on the moon cycle.
- The pompous festival is celebrated for 5 long days, with each day associated related to different traditions and values.
- Day 1 is Dhanteras (or Dhanatrayodashi), day 2 is Naraka Chaturdashi (or Chhoti Diwali), day 3 is Lakshmi Puja, day 4 is Annakut (or Govardhan Puja) and day 5 is Bhai Duj (or Bhau-Beej).
- Also mythologically, this day is celebrated as the birthday of the goddess of Wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. It is believed that the deity was born out of the Samudra Manthan, on the same day.
- So, on Diwali people specifically lit diyas and lamps in the honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi to help find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity.
- Alongside Goddess Lakshmi, the God of intelligence Lord Ganesha is also worshipped. Worship of the duo symbolizes opening the door of wealth with intelligence.
- The part of Bengal celebrates Diwali as Kali Puja. Kolkata, the city of joy usually gets filled with devotees worshipping the destroyer of evil forces.
- Diwali brings extraordinary colorful, and intricate displays bringing life to the country amid the festival. Rajasthan and Delhi are among the cities to witness the joy of Diwali.
- Buddhists celebrate Diwali to commemorate the time, in the 3rd Century BCE, when Emperor Ashoka adopted and embraced Buddhism.
- Diwali is the only occasion when the rival country India and Pakistan put aside their hostilities and join hands to celebrate festivals of joy and also exchange sweets.
- Apart from India, it is believed that the English city of Leicester hosts the biggest Diwali celebrations for its population.
- The countries observing the official national holiday for Diwali in Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad, Tobago, and more.
- Marking the beginning of winter Diwali also symbolizes the start of a new sowing season and new business accounts.
- The celebration of light over darkness or good over evil is the core of the spiritual significance of Diwali.
This year Diwali will is celebrated on 24th October. Various cultural events are scheduled in different parts of the country to mark the importance of light festival.