Lighting the entire nation, Diwali it is.

India is the second most population-dense country in the entire world. One can only imagine the diversity it breeds. The only thing that is at par with its vastness is the festivals and cultures of its citizens. Out of numerous festivals that the country celebrates throughout the year, Diwali is one of the most awaited!

What is Diwali?

Known as “The Festival of Lights”, Diwali is of great importance in the Hindu calendar. The festival is a sign of the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated by lighting diyas, fireworks, decorating roads and houses with lights, distributing sweets, etc. Diwali promotes brotherhood, sharing, and a sense of unity among all the Indians. But a festival is nothing without its rich historic story, so is Diwali.

What is the story behind the Festival?

Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana were sent in exile for 14 years. He was King Darshrath’s son and the rightful heir of his kingdom. The jealousy of Kartikeya, his stepmother, made the king unwillingly send Rama away. The entire kingdom detested the queen for her decision and was saddened by the incident. The three of them spent 14 years, struggling to live, fighting evil, and never holding a grudge against their stepmother.

Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to the Kingdom. Diyas was lit; sweets were distributed to mark the heroic return of Rama. To this day, the ritual continues.

How is Diwali celebrated?

Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit means “rows of lighted diyas”. The whole of the country seems to be lit up with various colors on this occasion. It is celebrated every year in the months of October – November for a couple of days. People take to cleaning households, renovating, redecorating, making sweets, buying clothes for this auspicious occasion. Large-scale praying goes on in every nook and corner to respect traditions, extend oneness and offer serenity to all!

This year Diwali is to be celebrated on the first week of November! To all the sweet lovers, your cravings are just about to be satisfied.

Happy Diwali!

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