Top 10 Interesting Diwali Facts And Diwali Traditions - Mohan

Top 10 Interesting Diwali Facts And Diwali Traditions

Top 10 Interesting Diwali Facts And Diwali Traditions


What is Diwali?

What Diwali is? Diwali or Deepawali or Dipawali is a festival of lights which is celebrated for five-days and which is celebrated by various religions like Sikhs, Jains, and Hindus all over the world. Diwali festival is celebrated with full joy and celebrations. Deepawali is one of the most important Hindu festivals.

Deepawali is celebrated as an indication of new beginnings and win of light over darkness, good over evil. This festival is loved by all ages from child to old people. It is the indication of a new way for a new year and new things in life.


Top 10 Interesting Diwali Facts And Diwali Traditions
Top 10 Interesting Diwali Facts And Diwali Traditions


Why Diwali Is Celebrated and What is Diwali history?

Deepawali is celebrated for so many reasons. One cannot say what is the exact reason for Diwali celebration but there are 10 main stories which stand as a main reason for the Diwali celebration. 

Let's see what are those stories.

Story 1: 

According to the great epic Ramayana, People will celebrate this festival as a symbol of Lord Vishnu's seventh avatar, King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Lanka demon King Ravana while he was in exile. People of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the rows of lighted lay clamps. 

So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of Lord Rama's victory over Ravana and the return of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana return to Ayodhya.

Story 2: 

According to the might epic Mahabharata, when Pandavas were defeated by Kauravas in dice game they were sent to exile, that day was Karthik Amavasya.

After the successful completion of exile period, all Pandavas(Dharma raja, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva) along with Draupadi returned to the kingdom. People celebrated by their return by enlighting beautiful lights.

So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of Pandavas return to the Hastinapura after the completion of exile period.

Story 3:

Lord Krishna along with Satyabhama killed the Pragjothispura King Narakasura, who was a demon king invaded three worlds and torturing all human beings and creatures. To rescue them Lord Krishna killed Narakasura. Lord Krishna along with Sathyabhama also rescued 16000 women from the demon King Narakasura captivity. 

So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the death of demon Narakasura. According to this story, the first day is celebrated as a Deepawali day as a victory symbol and the second day is celebrated as a Naraka Chaturdasi day.

Story 4:

According to Vishnu Purana, Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avatar or dwarf avatar which is first of all Lord Vishnu avatar's to rescue Goddess Lakshmi from King Bali Chakravarthy. 

So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol for the victory of Lord Vishnu over Mahabali to rescue Goddess Lakshmi Devi.

Story 5:

Goddess Lakshmi is also known as the goddess of wealth and prosperity and wife of Lord Vishnu and one of the main deities which Hindu people mostly pray in their home because people believe if she enters into any home them wealth will come to that home very well. According to Puranas, she was incarnated on the day of Amavasya during the churning of Ocean. 

So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the born day of Goddess Lakshmi Devi and she is associated with Deepawali.

Story 6:

One of the greatest Hindu Kings, Vikramaditya was crowned on Diwali day. Due to this event, that day became so special. Vikramaditya is a great emperor in history who was famous for his courage, generousness, and patronage of scholars. Due to the coronation of Vikramaditya, Diwali day became historical.

Story 7:

Third Sikh Guru Amar Das named Deepawali as a red-letter day. On this day all Sikhs should gather to take Guru blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of Golden Temple at Amristar was established on Diwali day. So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the special day for all Sikhs.

Story 8:

Maharshi Dayanand, 19th-century scholar, who was also known as one of greatest Hindu reformers attained his nirvana on the new full moon day Kartika which was nothing but a Diwali day.

Maharshi Dayanand was the founder of Arya Samaj. Due to his teachings, people lived with nobility and generosity. So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the special day for Arya Samaj.

Story 9:

Mahaveer Thirtankar, who was the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on the new full moon day Kartika which was nothing but a Diwali day.

Mahaveer Thirtankar left his family and abandon royal life and became ascetic and started teaching the philosophy of the Jainism. So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the special day for all Jains.

Story 10:

Pope John Paul II performed a special Christian ceremony in an Indian church where tables in the church(altar) was decorated with Diwali lamps. 

Pope John Paul delivered a speech with reference to the festival of lights, Diwali. So Diwali is celebrated as the symbol of the special day for Pope's Deepawali Speech.


The all above stories show the origin of Diwali and Deepawali history due to the reference of Deepawali in all ten stories.


What are the unknown facts about the Diwali or What ten things should everyone know about Diwali?


  • Nearly 800 million people celebrate Diwali all over the world.
  • Deepawali is celebrated for the honor of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth by performing Lakshmi puja on Diwali day.
  • On the same night when all people celebrate Deepawali, Jains celebrate the Diwali as a symbol of Mahaveer Thirtankar attaining nirvana.
  • Leicester, the English city is that does huge Diwali celebrations on a grand scale outside India.
  • In North India, Diwali is celebrated for 5 days whereas in South India Deepawali celebrated for 1 day.
  • Sivakasi is the Tamil Nadu town which produces 90% of all firecrackers sales in India. It is a match-making factory for the whole Country.
  • Diwali is clebrated as a Kali puja in West Bengal.
  • Diwali is celebrated as a Tihar or Swanti in Nepal.
  • Diwali is celebrated as a Hari Diwali in Malaysia.
  • The foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amristar was established on Diwali day.



5 Diwali traditions you must know for celebrating Diwali:

House cleaning and decorating home:

It is a must and should to clean your homes and shops before Diwali and decorate homes with beautiful garlands. People believe that Goddess Lakshmi will come into the home if the house is clean and without dust. Diwali traditional decorations will give beautiful look to houses. You can try various Diwali decoration ideas available on the internet.

Shopping:

Going to shop and buy new Diwali traditional dress or Indo western Diwali dress for the entire family is a good thing. Better to wear traditional Diwali dresses on the festival day rather than modern dresses.

Buying a Diwali traditional dress for girl and boy and Diwali collection traditional Indian silk sarees for women and Diwali lehenga choli dresses and cropped tops for ladies.

Listening to Diwali traditional songs:

Diwali traditional songs are very nice to listen and to pray for Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi. Play traditional songs and do Lakshmi Puja for Goddess Lakshmi and do Ganesh puja for Lord Ganesh.

Eating Diwali traditions foods:

Make traditional Diwali food items like Diwali sweets like Gulab Jamun and Diwali desserts prepared with condensed milk and different meal items to eat along with your family members on Diwali day. Prepare Diwali snacks with rice flour and there are so many rice flour Diwali snacks recipes to prepare and also deep-fried Diwali delicacies and sweet dish.

Exchanging Gifts:

Exchange gifts along with your family, relatives, and friends on the Diwali day to build a healthy relationship between all family members.

These are all the best traditions in Diwali and all people make sure to follow these traditions of Diwali and celebrate a prosperous festival.



 
 

Watch the video to know how to prepare various Diwali sweets and dishes



How is Diwali celebrated in different parts of India?


Generally, Festival of lights, Deepawali date differ in South India and North India because of some reasons.

Deepawali in South India:

In south India, people will celebrate Deepawali as a symbol of Lord Krishna along with Sathyabhama killing the demon Narakasura. Just one day before Deepawali, on Amavyas, Naraka Chaturdasi is in south India, which is the actual start of the festival.

On that day, people wear new clothes and eat prosperous feasts and exchange Diwali sweets and burn crackers. But in Tamil Nadu people burn crackers for two days. So due to Naraka Chaturdasi, Deepawali in South India starts early.

Diwali in North India:

In north India, people will celebrate Diwali as a symbol of Lord Rama victory over Ravana and his return to Ayodhya. When Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Lakshamana was returning to Ayodhya, it is beloved that the entire city was decorated with lamps and colorful lights and they also burn crackers to welcome Lord Rama.

On the day exactly Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, Diwali was celebrated so Diwali in North India comes one date late.





Why do Jains celebrate Diwali?

This is the reason why Jains celebrate Diwali. Mahaveer Thirtankar, who was the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on the new full moon day Kartika which was nothing but a Diwali day. 

Mahaveer Thirtankar left his family and abandon royal life and became ascetic and started teaching the philosophy of the Jainism. So Deepawali is celebrated as the symbol of the special day for all Jains.





Why isn't Diwali a popular festival in Kerala?

Kerala is the only state in India that do not celebrate Deepawali. There are two reasons why Diwali is not celebrated on a large scale in Kerala.

Reason 1:

Kerala people will not celebrate Deepawali because of their beloved God-King Bali's death was associated with Diwali day. Deepawali will be celebrated for continuous 5 days. The government gives 1 or 2 days for Diwali holidays.

Reason 2:

Onam is the biggest festival in Kerala and at that heritage of Kerala culture will come into full bloom. Kerala people will celebrate Onam, Shiva Rathri as the main festival but not Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, and Dussehra due to more cultural exchanges in Kerala when compared to other states.
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