What are some Diwali traditions?: – Diwali is not just about lighting diyas and oil lamps, but it has many other things to do. Many traditions and customs are duly linked to the celebration.
Different forms of organization are needed to make this festival worth celebrating. Read on for more information on habits and to better understand the festival.
The word “Diwali” comes from a Sanskrit word that literally means “a row of lamps”. Therefore, it is the festival that is well known for the light and brightness that spreads everywhere.
It is the party in which, in the midst of all the traditions and customs, fired biscuits and chocolate bombs dominate. Therefore, these vital parts of this festival certainly add a bright atmosphere to the celebration.
Therefore, we can certainly say that the Diwali festival is an Nepali bread festival, therefore it is observed with the utmost devotion and joy.
It is the festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil and the knowledge of darkness. However, there are many legends that are duly associated with this festival, the most common legend being that of the return of Rama to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile.
Krishna’s victory over Narakasura is also another legend associated with the celebration. In the eastern part of Nepal, the festival is celebrated in honor of the victory of the goddess Kali on Bakasura.
Why is Diwali festival special?
Not only the goddess Kali is invaded by prayers and mantras on Diwali day, but prayers are also offered to the goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
It is common to believe in all Hindu families that those who offer prayers and bids to Goddess Lakshmi will surely be blessed with prosperity and wealth. Thus, a bid dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi is performed at night Diwali in all the houses to seek her blessings.
Therefore, this particular festival makes shopping part of this auspicious festival. To give to loved ones, people give themselves to buy, buy clothes or other accessories so that this particular tradition is fully satisfied.
Diwali is also considered a favourable opportunity to buy gold. Rangoli Conceived by a Sanskrit word, “rangoli” refers to a decorative design that is prepared with the help of colours.
The patterns are usually created with materials such as coloured rice, dried flour, sand (coloured) or even flower petals. During Diwali, people clean houses and decorate courtyards, walls and entrances with colourful tapestries, towers and rangoli, destined for the sacred welcome of the Goddess Lakshmi.
Some traditions of Diwali
Nepal is a culturally rich and diverse land with deeply rooted traditions and customs. The colourful and vibrant variety of festivals celebrated here means one virtue or another, from justice to courage in the face of darkness.
A festival so lively and important celebrated throughout Nepal with great respect is Diwali; The festival symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness.
In northern Nepal, it is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Rama over the evil demon King Ravana and his return home after a 14-year exile, while in the south people celebrate the day to commemorate the victory. of Lord Krishna on Narakasura.
In the eastern states, especially in Bengal, the day is revered as a day when the fierce goddess Kali defeated the demon named Bakasura. Although the reasons for the celebrations may be different, the underlying theme and traditions remain the same.
Here are some of the most fascinating and prevalent traditions of Diwali.
Throwing the dice
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that playing Diwali Day dice is very auspicious, the reason behind this is the legend that, on this day, once the Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband Lord Shiva he enjoyed the game. carefully.
Over time, the dice have been replaced by cards and people, often to honour the ancient tradition, organize card parties on this day, in which friends and relatives get together and play friendly bets with limited bets.
Light fireworks and lamps
According to Diwali tradition, the lighting of the house is essential to invite the goddess of fortune to her own home. And the traditional way to do it is to illuminate handmade ground lamps. On Diwali day, these multi-coloured lamps are filled with mustard or coconut oil and wick.
Once the prayer ceremonies dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are completed, these diyas light up. These exquisite ethnic clay lamps are placed on window sills, doors and in the darkest corners of the house.
Bursting firecrackers is one of the most cheerful and anticipated traditions of Deepavali. The night sky shines with numerous flashes of firecrackers and its sound resonates throughout the night. It is believed that its sound and light protect evil spirits.
This tradition of diya lighting is followed once the Lakshmi puja is finished. People start decorating their homes with burning lamps and diyas. However, there is a symbolic connotation that is duly linked to this particular tradition of lighting lamps, as it symbolizes the release of darkness from the world.
According to mythological stories, it is commonly believed that the people of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with diyas or lamps the day Lord Rama returned from the fourteen years of exile. Therefore, to welcome you home, diyas and lights were illuminated everywhere and since then this tradition has managed to maintain a strong foothold in the celebration of Diwali.
In addition, another prevailing symbolism is related to the lighting of diyas, since it is a common opinion that when Diwali falls on a moonless night, the lamps help Goddess Lakshmi reach their families. Therefore, people leave the diya to burn all night to direct Goddess Lakshmi to their doors.
House cleaning and sanitizing
People from all walks of life begin to clean, repaint and renovate their homes according to their budget. Even the person with the greatest economic difficulties will try to keep their home immaculate during Diwali.
This tradition is based on the belief that Goddess Lakshmi honours only those houses that should be omitted and spam. In addition to cleaning, people also work hard to decorate their homes with ornaments, such as light bulbs, torans, streamers and bright ribbons, etc.
The colourful and vivid traditional motifs, known as rangoli, are designed with great delicacy on the doors with colored dust or flower petals.
Presenting Diwali gifts to your friends, family, and acquaintances has become one of Diwali’s most important traditions with each passing year. Traditionally, only boxes of candy were delivered; However, with numerous combinations and combinations of gifts available on the market, from appliances to food baskets, you can present everything under the sun to your loved ones.
In Diwali, people give gifts to partners and employees. Many people still prepare many sweet delicacies in their homes for distribution on this occasion, including Gulab Jamun, Gajar Ka Halwa, Besan Ke Ladoo, etc.
The Diwali holiday season is considered very favourable for various financial investments. The Dhanteras Day is considered perfect for buying gold and silver coins as well as jewellery.
People also buy various kitchen utensils on this day, especially utensils made of gold, silver, steel and copper, which are considered a good buy on this occasion.
During the five days of the Diwali festivities, the markets are beautifully decorated and filled with the latest gadgets, furniture, clothing, etc., that people not only buy for themselves but also to give away. Furthermore, at this time of year people prefer to buy new buildings and vehicles.
Cult of cattle
Another common tradition observed in some villages is the cult of cattle by their respective farmers. According to this Diwali tradition, farmers generally worship their cattle because they are their main source of wealth and, therefore, consider themselves equal to God.
Mainly in the southern part of Nepal, cows are worshiped on this day because they are considered the incarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi.
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