Holiday Season Illuminates the Light of Diwali

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Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas are celebrated all around the world for various festival reasons. Diwali means the festival of lights in Sanskrit and is celebrated by Hindus.

Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas are celebrated all around the world for various festival reasons. Diwali means the festival of lights in Sanskrit and is celebrated by Hindus. Diwali is a contraction of Deepavali, which translates into ‘rows of lamps’. The day of celebrations is determined according to the moon calendar. This is a five day celebration which is celebrated between mid- October and mid- November.

 

The festival of lights involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with Ghee or oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Lamps are lighted during the night. Before the start of the festival, the custom is that people clean their entire house; some repaint their house, and paint Rangoli (Various art designs, made by paint, colored sand or colored flour is called Rangoli) on the patios, and fireworks burst in happiness. During this five day celebration, all of the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

 

The festival of Diwali is celebrated for the return of Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Rama’s wife, Sita from their 14 years of a long exile and killing the demon who had kidnapped Sita. When they came, the citizens of the kingdom were overjoyed to have their king back. The first day starts with Dhanteras, in which most Indian businesses begin their financial year. Second day is called Naraka Chaturdasi, where it marks the death of the demon, Naraka. The third day is the worship of the wealth goddess Lakshmi. The fourth day celebrates the day Bali got rule of a kingdom, and the last day of Diwali is what brings brothers and sisters close together.

 

If you ever hear a phrase saying “Happy Diwali,” it means the auspicious beginning of a new year. Hanukkah and Christmas are similar; they both mean the festival of light and the beginning of a new year. Jewish celebrate the holiday, Hanukkah for eight days of the holy temple. This year, Hanukkah will be celebrated on the evening on December 8th, and end the evening of December 16th. Christmas is celebrated for the birth of Jesus Christ as a religious and cultural holiday by many people around the world.