Diwali, also known as Deepawali or Devali, is an Indian Festival of colors and lights. Diwali is celebrated in the month of October or November every year.
Diwali holds a very important place of Indian origin all over the world. Worshipping all Gods, making snacks, exchanging gifts, etc.
Reasons for Celebrating Diwali
Return of Lord Rama
After killing Ravana, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana returned to his hometown, Ayodhya. The day they had returned was ‘Krishna Paksha’ and it was a new moon, Amavasya.
So in order to welcome their Prince back to his home, the people of Ayodhya lit candles and earthen lamps all over the village.
Diwali embarked as a victory of Rama over Ravana, the goodness over the evil. The entire Ayodhya was illuminated with lights and fireworks as a symbol of happiness and excitement.
Krishna and Narakasura
Some parts of the Southern and Western region of India has derived the concept of Krishna and Narakasura fight. Narakasura was a demon who had supernatural powers but used it for destructing and terrorizing people.
To stop him from of this evil act, Lord Krishna killed Narakasura. After this victory, Lord Krishna put this demon blood on his face. When he returned his home, his face was given a massage with scented oil and then gave a bath for the blood to washed away.
Rage of Maa Kali
The eastern states of India celebrate Diwali as Maa Kali Puja. In the olden times when evil started destructing the society and lives of people, they prayed for help from Maa Kali.
In anger and rage, Maa Kali destroyed evil completely but this didn’t calm her. Then she started causing harm to earth. In order to calm her, Lord Shiva laid himself in front of Maa Kali. By seeing him lying down under her feet, she was then cooled down.
Goddess Lakshmi had emerged from the ocean of milk on this day. Since then she devoted her life to bringing prosperity and peace to the people of earth.
When is Diwali celebrated in Year 2017? (Diwali Date 2017)
|Diwali||19th Oct, 2017||Friday|
|Hindu New Year||20th Oct, 2017||Saturday|
|Bhai Duj||21st Oct, 2017||Sunday|
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