10 Facts about Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights which is widely celebrated across the world. It is also known as Deepawali. Diwali is the symbol of the victory of the forces of good over evil. 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, candels, diyas, rangoli etc. Every where we can see illuminations. People meet with their relatives, friends and also exchange sweets. Lord Ganesha and Lakhsmi, the Goddesses of wealth are worshipped on the Diwali night for wealth, health and prosperity. People, children play crackers and sparklers.Let us study 10 interesting and unknown facts about Diwali festival through this article.

10 interesting facts about Diwali

According to many legends, Diwali festival is associated with the victory of Ram over Ravana. It is said that on this day Lord Ram reached Ayodhya along with Sita and Lakshman. The people of the Ayodhya welcomed Ram, Sita and Lakshman by several decorations and illuminated the place with diyas, dlowers etc.  According to Jain, on this day Lord Mahavira attained "moksha or salvation".

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• In Malaysia, Diwali is celebrated as Hari Diwali in the month of Aswayuja.

• In Nepal, Diwali is known as Tihar or Swanti.

• In West Bengal, Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja.

• The foundation of the Golden Temple was laid on Diwali day.

• Jain community of India celebrates their New Year’s Day on the next day of Diwali.

• The festival is marked by a colourful rangoli made from rice flour at the entrance of the homes.

• The festival also marks the beginning of a new financial year.

• On Diwali Day, Lord Ganesha is worshipped alongside Godess Lakshmi.

• Diwali dispels darkness and leads us to light. It marks the beginning of a new life.

• Diwali marks the beginning of winter and the start of a new sowing season.

As we know that lights keep away the darkness, it is the festival with full of positivity. People await all year long and perform all the rituals associated with Diwali.

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