Celebrate Diwali: Ghar Wali

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Celebrate Diwali

Over the centuries, Diwali has become one of the major festivals that are enjoyed and celebrated by most Indians regardless of their religion. It is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November.
Diwali is also known as Deepavali, where the word “deep” means “light” and “avail” means “row”.  
This “row of lights” is represented by lighting lamps everywhere during Diwali.

Diwali is basically celebrated for three to five days and it is celebrated to rejoice the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and also on the completion of his 14 years of exile.

However, there are various other stories that are associated with the festival. Some of them are:
Many believe that Diwali is celebrated, as Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura and others believe that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.
While the other story which is associated with Diwali is that Pandavas from the Mahabharata returned to their homeland after 13 years and the day is celebrated to commemorate their return.
From all the stories, it can be concluded that Diwali is celebrated as the festival which marks the victory of good over evil.

Diwali is largely an Indian festival but it is also celebrated in other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Guyana, Fiji and Suriname, Trinidad, and Tobago, and recently Sindh Province in Pakistan. In fact, Diwali is a national holiday in each of these countries. In many parts of the country, the festival starts with the Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on the second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva on the fourth day, and ends with Bhai Dooj on the fifth day.

As we eagerly wait for Diwali every year, to celebrate and enjoy with our loved ones but this Diwali try to make it more special by giving some additional touch:

Special gifts

This Diwali instead of spending money on crackers, try to buy gifts for your friends and family. This will make them feel special and you can even try to make and give handmade gifts. This gesture of yours will make your loved ones feel more special.

Try Rangoli

This Diwali try to make rangoli. Rangoli’s can be made from different colors, flowers, flower petals, and beautiful diyas. Diwali is the perfect time to show up your creativity and you can try to come up with your own designs.

Bake Sweet

Festivals in India are marked by some quintessential dishes prepared as part of the celebrations. You can help out your mother, wife, and sister in baking sweets or surprise them by giving sweets that are baked by you. There is nothing like a house smelling of good food on an auspicious day. Various dishes which you can prepare are Gulab Jamun, Kheer, Barfi, Ladoo, Gujiya, Halwa and etc. These are traditional offerings for Diwali and are given as gifts.

Play Games

Games are a part of the Diwali Festival, which can also include card games, Rummy, charades, pass the parcel, musical chairs, scavenger hunt, hide and seek, ludo, ladder and snake and etc. These games are not just for kids but can be played by everyone. You can also learn some new games this Diwali, instead of just playing the same old games. And it’s okay to play for money in card games but don’t gamble too much.

Go Shopping

As of now, Diwali has become synonymous with shopping. On Diwali, you should shop for yourself and also for your loved ones. As in Diwali, there are unbelievable prices and mega discounts which are offered by various retailers and due to which shopping for self is fun.

Decorate the house

You can start decorating your house by cleaning the house before the first day of Diwali or the Dhanteras. Do the laundry, clean all the rooms and kitchen. Cleaning your home helps to get rid of any unnecessary elements in your environment. Diwali is the festival of lights. And what could be a better way to brighten up your house by decorating it with diyas and other kinds of fancy lights. You can also decorate your house with different elements such as bells, flower garlands, wall hangings, mirrors, LED lights and etc. Make Rangoli, as this is a joyful way to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity.

Get together

As today everyone is busy in making their own living and with the work, that they hardly manage to spend quality time with their family and friends. Festivals like Diwali are among those very few occasions where members of the family and all the friends can actually leave their work commitments behind and come together to immerse themselves in celebration. A short trip with friends and family, or a get-together with relatives you haven’t met in a while can be an ideal way to celebrate Diwali.

Diwali Pooja

Perform Lakshmi Pooja on the third day of Diwali, in order to seek divine blessings from the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Pooja consists of an elaborate ritual using grains, leaves, coins, and idols to prepare a ceremony. During this ritual, you can rephrase Vedic mantras and offerings are made and at the end and at the last the aarti is performed quietly and a peaceful atmosphere should accompany the entire ritual.

 

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