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This Diwali fact blog is full of interesting information about Diwali, the festival of lights. Read on to learn who celebrates Diwali, why it is celebrated and to get some Diwali art ideas.
Diwali is an important religious festival which lasts 5 days. ‘Diwali’ means ‘row of lights’ in Sanskrit, the sacred language of Hinduism. It marks the start of the Hindu New Year. It is also known as Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights.
The exact dates for Diwali change every year, depending on the cycle of the moon, but it almost always falls in either October or November. The festival is actually five days long, but the main celebrations take place on the third day. This year, Diwali is on Saturday 24th October 2022.
Diwali is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.
Diwali is a celebration of good triumphing over evil; of light over darkness. During the festival, the story of Rama and Sita, which is found in the holy book, the Ramayana is retold. The story is retold to commemorate Prince Rama's triumphant return to his kingdom.
Here is a summary of the story of Rama and Sita:
Prince Rama and his wife, Sita, were banished from their kingdom to the forest by their stepmother, as she wanted her own son, and not Rama, to become king. Unfortunately, within the forest lived the evil Demon King, Ravana. He saw the beautiful Sita and wanted her for himself, and so he kidnapped her. Rama called upon his friend, Hanuman, the King of the Monkeys, to help him find Sita. After searching all over the world, they found her on an island in the sea. Rama battled with Ravana, and eventually killed the Demon King with an arrow to his heart. Rama and Sita returned to their kingdom to find that everyone had placed lights to guide their way home, and to symbolise that the light of goodness had defeated the darkness of evil.
Hindus prepare for Diwali by cleaning their houses and then decorating them with lights and oil lamps called diyas.
As well as a reminder that light triumphs over darkness, Hindus place lamps at their windows to help the goddess, Lakshmi, find her way to their homes. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Hindus hope that she will bless them with prosperity in the year to come. It is said that Lakshmi likes cleanliness, so the cleanest homes are visited first!
Rangoli is the Sanskrit word for ‘row of colours’. Rangoli patterns are created using rice, flour and other coloured powders. Flowers, grains and pulses can also be used.
These beautiful patterns are often drawn at the entrance to homes to welcome the gods and to ward off evil.
During Diwali, feasts are prepared and eaten, and firework displays are enjoyed. Gifts, cards and sweets are exchanged with friends and family.
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