As the important festival of Hindus, i.e., Diwali is round the corner; preparations are going on for purchases and making sweets at home. Cleaning the house is the part of Diwali, to please Goddess Lakshmi. Multicolored rangolis and lights adorn each and every house in all the streets.
Mouthwatering delicacies are an important part of this festival. Ladies of the house are the busiest person when Diwali arrives; they don’t keep any stone unturned to make the festival lively. The Diwali festival is celebrated for four or five long days in some communities.
Important Diwali Days
Everybody waits for Diwali festival every year for trying the sweets and other newly arrived stocks in the market. Diwali is observed for a maximum of five days, having significance of each and every day.
- The first day of Diwali is celebrated as Dhanteras, wherein Goddess Lakshmi is worship for health, wealth and happiness.
- The second day is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi. On this day earthern pots are lit and kept burning overnight to worship and praise Yama, the death god. This day is also recognized as ‘Yamadeepdaan’ and as it is celebrated a night before the Diwali, it is also called as “Choti Diwali”.
- The third day of Lakshmi Puja or the main Diwali day is celebrated with amusement. Firecrackers are burst on this day and pujas are conducted at home and shops of businessmen. On this day, new books for accounts are opened by the businessmen. Rangolis are put on the yards to please Goddess Lakshmi and inviting her home for wealth and peace.
- The fourth day is the Govardhan pooja that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal in the Northern part of India. Hillocks of cow dung are made, which is a symbol of Govardhan Mountain that Lord Krishna had lifted in stories. People decorate these hillocks with flower and worship them by going around the hillock.
- Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the last day of Diwali. This day shows the love of brothers and sisters. Sisters apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and pray for his health, wealth and long life.
People love to follow and celebrate Diwali with all the customs and traditions. Many customs of Diwali are still followed and they are:
- Rangoli – Creating rangoli is a tradition of India, hence, these beautiful and colorful rangolis are created for each and every festival in India. Rangoli has lots of fun, hard work and creativity. These are nothing, but floor painting with colored chalks, sawdust, flowers and rice grains.
Goddess Lakshmi’s footprints, patterns of flowers, geometric designs, etc. are some of the common designs drawn in rangoli.
- Lighting Earthen Lamps – Lamps signifies eradicating darkness with brightness and victory over evil. Traditional earthen lamps are lighted at the entrance, outside the house, etc. to make the whole amavasya night full of lights. Every corner of the house glows with modern candles and traditional lamps. The houses are kept open during the puja, to invite Goddess Lakshmi in the house. Decorations of the houses are also done outside with garlands of electric lights.
- Bursting Crackers – Fireworks signifies happiness and is a custom followed specially in Diwali festival. It also conveys the message of spreading illumination over the dark night. People from all walks of life and age burst crackers to show their enjoyment and festivity.
Diwali festival is the perfect time for gifting your near and dear ones with their choice of gifts. People love to receive and give gifts. You can gift elderly people with the idols of god, puja thalis, sweets, dry fruits, etc.
If you are busy with your tight schedule and do not have time to purchase gifts for your dear ones for Diwali, there are many gifts which can be sent online. The choice of the gifts on the site is enormous giving you tough time for choosing the loveliest gift.
If you are away from your home in abroad and unable to join your family for the Diwali festival, you can send online gifts and fresh flowers for your dear ones. Fresh flowers and bouquets of beautiful colored flowers can be easily sent to the person you want with just a few clicks and with the option of online payment. Many websites come up during the festival season to make your work easy.
If you receive any gifts, there are many websites which give good ideas of return gifts in the form of chocolates, cakes, flowers, dry fruits, etc. You can also send return gifts online, when you receive an online gift. This is the perfect time to show your affection and love for the person.
So, enjoy each and every minute of the grand festival called “Diwali” and make it a memorable one by giving a wonderful gift for your loved ones.