Diwali is one of the many Hindu festivals which is popularly known as Festival of Lights, is a festival which celebrates the good over the evil, light over the darkness, peace, and joy. The word Diwali originated from Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’ meaning ‘row of lighted lamps’ or ‘row of lights’. This festival usually comes between months of October and November with dates keep changing each year.

The history of this festival can be traced back to ancient times with each religion has different stories related to this but with a common message of good triumphing over evil. The basic significance it carries is that all people with love in their hearts meeting with each other brings a cheerful atmosphere so making it an auspicious occasion to end the darkness in life and to bring love, light and positivity into their lives. It also reflects the geographical expanse of Indian sub-continent as there are different versions of Diwali being celebrated which reflects it as a multicultural and multi-regional home.

In addition to cultural celebrations and significance, it has a special philosophical meaning. The light signifies god, goodness, and knowledge whereas dark signifies evil, and ignorance. So, the more knowledge comes into the heart, the more divine light shines and relieves from darkness of ignorance and fills the life with true joy.

The people all over India and in various part of world celebrates it with great enthusiasm. Traditionally Diwali is celebrated for five days, each day having its own significance, rituals, and myths. Homes are thoroughly cleaned and decorated. Light, in the form of candles and lamps, is a crucial part of Diwali, representing the triumph of light over darkness, goodness over evil and hope for the future. The sight of lamps lighting in the entire country is unavoidable and truly magical. People wear new clothes, offer prayers, lightened lights, and oil lamps on streets and in houses. Firecrackers and fireworks also form an important part of Diwali festivities.

Let us hope this occasion of Diwali illuminate lightness, disperse the darkness, and bring joy & happiness in the whole world.

Happy Diwali!!!

This article was written by Aseem Gautam – Clinical Coordinator

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