The festival of lights or Diwali is a typical celebration in India where the arrival of the New Year is celebrated. This festival begins on the fifteenth day of the dark fortnight of the month of kartika (October-November), according to the lunar calendar of the Hindus and lasts for five days. In relation to the term diwali, it comes from the word “deepavali”, a word that could be translated as a row of lighted lamps. Diwali
During the festival of Diwali light plays a unique role as Hindus decorate their homes and temples with oil lamps or diyas, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. So people express their gratitude for all the positive things that happen in their lives. Other elements that are part of this festival is the use of pyrotechnics, flowers and a colored powder or rangoli used to draw decorative figures.
It is an eminently family and traditional festival . It is common for houses to be decorated and lit to perceive an atmosphere of happiness. Diwali
Families are in the habit of offering prayers to Lakshmi, a deity in the Hindu tradition who symbolizes good fortune. To honor this goddess, traditional food offerings are made. During Diwali days it is common to exchange gifts between loved ones.
The origin of Diwali is part of a legend
There is no single version of its true origin. Some argue that this celebration is related to the return of the goddess Rama to the city of Ayodhya after a long period of absence. According to another version, during the days of Diwali, the victory of God Krishna over the forces of evil is celebrated.
An identity sign from India with international projection
Diwali is a festival that is not associated with any particular religion, but is part of India’s diverse religious traditions: Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. In this sense, the festival of lights is celebrated in all Hindu communities on the planet, for this reason it is a festival that has reached an international dimension, just as it happens with other cultural elements in India: Bollywood cinema , bharatanatyam or dance Indian classic, the typical costume of women, the use of bindi (a dot of color located on the woman’s forehead ) or some typical dishes of Hindu cuisine.