Five Day Celebration of Diwali !!
Diwali, also known by many other names like Deepawali or Deepavali which means lights is one of the most popular festivals of Hindus. Diwali preparations starts from five days before or one can say that Diwali is celebrated for the five consecutive days.
The first of the five days is known as Dhantares, wherein people buy silver utensils and gold ornaments, with a belief that if on this day they will bring silver and gold things to their home then for the whole year they will remain wealthy and prosperous.
The second day Choti Diwali is celebrated which is also known by the name of Narak Chaturdasi. It is a general belief of the people that if one does not take a bath on this day then they go to hell after their death.
The third day Diwali is celebrated; Diwali is the festival of light wherein people decorate their house with rangoli, diyas and candle. People also play with crackers on this day, wear new clothes and exchange sweets with their friends & relatives. On Diwali every one wear traditional Indian outfit, wherin women generally opt for a traditional saree and men opt for a simple Kurta Paijama. Diwali is a very important festival of Hindus, as this day is remembered as the day when Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after 14 long years of exile, along with his wife Sita and brother Laxman. When they came back after 14years of exile, the people of Ayodhaya lit Diya in their houses to express their happiness and since then Diwali became the festival of Lights. Diwali signifies the victory of Goodness over evil.
The fourth day Govardhan Pooja is held, wherein it is believed that many years ago Lord Krishna made the people of Vraj worship the Govardhan hill and since then Govardhan Puja is celebrated.
On the last day of the five days, Bhaiya Dhoooj is celebrated wherein brothers visit their sisters place and sisters put tika on their forehead and worship their brothers. This day brother gives a promise to their sisters that they will protect them with all the problems and in return sisters pray for the good and prosperous life of her brother.
This year, i.e. 2013 Diwali is on 3rd November wherein Dhantares will be celebrated on 1st November, Choti Diwali on 2nd November, Govardhan Pooja on 4th November and Bhaiya Dhooj on 5th November.
Eat , Worship and Shop this Diwali. Have a happy and safe Diwali.