Meaning of Diwali

Diwali is also known as Divali or Deepavali. Most importantly it is a festival of lights that celebrates the success of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. Above all the meaning comes from Sanskrit dipavali, meaning row of lights.

In addition Diwali is primarily celebrated by followers of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths. For instance the holiday is celebrated throughout India, Singapore, and several other South Asian countries.

Five Days

In India, Diwali consists of a five-day celebration. 

  1. Day one: “Dhanteras”. Dedicated to celebrating prosperity and the arrival of the goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to have emerged from the ocean on this day. “Dhan” means wealth and “teras” refers to the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. 
  2. Day two: Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (small Diwali). The demon Narakasura was destroyed by Lord Krishna and Kali on this day. This day is celebrated with early morning rituals or puja.
  3. Day three: Amavasya (new moon day) or Lakshmi Puja. The darkest day of the month is also the most significant, being dedicated to the celebration of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity and beauty. 
  4. Day four: Govardhan Puja. Frequently celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the god of thunder and rain, and the start of a new year. 
  5. Day five: Bhai Dooj. A day for celebrating the bond between siblings, with sisters praying for long and happy lives for their brothers and sharing food and gifts. 

To summarise Diwali honours the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and the legend of Rama and Sita. In addition people celebrate Diwali by decorating houses and public spaces with thousands of lights, candles and colourful designs. Families gather, have fireworks and exchange gifts to form part of the festivities.

To sum up we will starting our Diwali celebrations on the 21st October 2019. We would like to wish our clients, friend and family a Happy Diwali and Happy New Year.

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