Diwali is one of the most celebrated occasions. Originating in India as a celebration of light, it has spread all across the world, even to faraway countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, Mauritius, Australia, Malaysia, and USA.
Significance of Diwali and the Tale of Ramayana
Diwali marks the return of lord Rama to his home kingdom Ayodhya, after being in exile for over 14 years. It is a lot more than a simple celebration of joy and delight. It is an epic tale portraying the trials and tribulations overcome by Ram and how he triumphed in the end.
The tale of Lord Ram is based on the story of Ramayana written by sage Valmiki in the time around 500 BCE. The story closely follows the heroic saga of Lord Ram, and his consistent struggle to attain peace for all.
The Celebration of Diwali
Till this date, the chronicles of Lord Ram, detailing how he rescued his beloved wife Sita, from the clutches of the demon king Ravana, vanquishing him, is celebrated in the form of Diwali.
The air of jubilation and delight spreads all around, as lights dance all across the atmosphere, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. Treats are exchanged and wishes are shared, as the spirits of everybody light up in joyous delightfulness.
Diyas are lit in all houses, numerous sparklers, flowerpots and ground-spinners- spray shining sparks all around, and firecrackers blast away through the night-sky, reciprocating the joy of this glorious eve. Here are some special ways through which people partake in the celebration of Diwali–
Meeting up family, friends, and neighbors
Diwali is synonymous with joy. All dress up in their finest attire and celebrate this splendid occasion with joy and delight together.
Special sweets are presented to all in a Diwali party, from a silver-plated puja thali full of rasgulas, to a box full of savory boondi ladoos, sweets are always a special Diwali delight on this fine day.
The dancing candle-lit flame of the Diya propagates its soothing warmth and glowing, symbolizing the banishment of evil for the house. With a series of Diyas placed outside in the balcony or window-sill of the house, they are always special on this great day.
The true highlight of Diwali are the sights and sounds of fireworks. From sparklers, to firecrackers, fireworks, the varieties of fireworks are numerous. But the thing that is common with them all is the fact that they all spread their light and color-filled delight to all on this grand eve.
What finer way to regale in the joy of Diwali than by some special Diwali Gifts to dear ones? From a card expressing joy-filled Diwali wishes, to a glittering gold pendant bearing the photos of you and the receiver, gifts are always a joy to present, as they are to receive.
Safety Tips for Celebrating Diwali
Celebrating Diwali maybe fun, but accidents always ruin the mood. Anytime and anywhere a mishap can happen and result in fatal injury. This is why one should always have a safe Diwali while bursting crackers or getting involved with fireworks. Here are some ways by which you can have a safe Diwali –
1. Try to find a licensed shop for buying Diwali crackers
2. Make sure to keep the crackers in a safe and separate box
3. If you have little ones in your home try to keep them away from the fireworks
4. Make sure you burst crackers in open areas like playgrounds or fields
5. Be sure to maintain an arm’s distance while bursting the crackers.
6. As a safety precaution always keep a water bucket nearby.
7. Wear cotton clothes or natural fabrics while bursting crackers.
8. Keep these points in mind and enjoy a safe Diwali!
The celebration of Diwali in subsequent years
Year Day Date
2018 Wednesday 7th November
2019 Sunday 27th October
2020 Saturday 14th November
2021 Thursday 4th November
2022 Monday 24th October
Special occasions in the month of October related to Diwali
Dhanteras- 17th Oct
Govardhan puja- 20th Oct
Bhai Dooj- 21st Oct