It’s just hours left for the auspicious festival of lights, Diwali to commence. Millions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs will open the gala in utmost cheer and enthusiasm. Houses are being decorated by earthen pots and lightings to kick start the celebration. Employees are in happy mood, embellishing their offices with heart shaped balloons and ribbons. Children are running through the streets screaming: DIWALI AA RAHII HAI…!!!!
The gala of lights will extend to five serene days. Though, the main celebrations will be observed on the new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month, Kartika. The myths related to the celebration of Diwali differ with different religions. According to the Hindu mythology, the celebrations date back to the 15th century, when Lord Rama retained his wife Sita after killing the demon Ravana.
The festival of Diwali will commence by the Dhanteras, which is also called Dhanvantari Trayodasi. The second day of the gala will be Naraka Chaturdasi, which is further followed by the third day, Deepawali. The fourth day is known as Govardhan Puja, which is also known as Annakut (heap of grain). Worshipers celebrate this day as Krishna defeated Indra by lifting Govardhan Hill. The last day will wind the auspicious celebrations by Bhai-dooj, which is dedicated to the sister-brother bondage.
To celebrate this day, homes will be cleansed and decorated with lights and candles. The colourfull Rangoli artwork, earthen lamps or diyas will also be accompanied. Sweets will be distributed to family and friends on this day. Thus one of the largest Hindu festival winds up.