Diwali, the festival of lights is the most vibrant and brightest festivals celebrated by the Hindus. This festival has a totally different aura to it, apart from that is most commonly celebrated in India. The hype and the galore this festival brings into the people is much more as compared to any other of the numerous festivals celebrated in India.
Deepavali illuminates the houses, the society, the streets, in fact the entire nation is illuminated and vibrant. A strong feeling of oneness and togetherness is ignited among the people.
On this day, majority of the people from Hindu community in India celebrate by performing Laxmi Puja with all its rituals and practices. Goddess Laxmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity. On this day it is believed that the Goddess comes to her home on earth.
However, in a few eastern states of India and majorly in the state of West Bengal ( mostly among the Bengali Community) this festival is celebrated as Kali Puja and prayers and offers along with traditional rituals are being done by offering Puja to Goddess Kali.
Historical significance and origin of the Diwali festival
If we look back to the Indian mythology, the Ramayana mentions the day when Lord Ram along with his wife Sita, and brother Laxman returned home. They were sent into exile for 14 years.
On their return the Kingdom of Ayodhya was lit up with lights of diyas and there was a festive, joyous and an environment of Victory.
The Victory was of victory of truth over evil. Lord Ram defeated the demon King Ravan and returned to his kingdom of live 14 years of his life in exile.
This year, that is, 2022, the festival will be celebrated in India on the 24th of October 2022. It can also be noted that the entire nation celebrated the Durga Puja and the Dussehra on the 5th of October 2022. Durga Puja is a Major festival among the Hindus in India.
Barely just a little over two weeks another major festival, i.e, Diwali will be celebrated. This is the time of the year of festivities in India until the Christmas in the month of December.
This festival is celebrated on Amavasya (the new moon day), in the month of Kartik, according to the Hindu Calender.
As previous years, this festival, this year too, 2022 will be celebrated with equal enthusiasm and fervour. Every household will be brighten up with lights and candles, and yes, all the vibrant fireworks.
This festival is celebrated on a day which is pitch dark at night, in other words the darkest night. This is the beauty of this festival as the darkest of nights on a new moon day actual becomes one of the brightest nights with the festivities.
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Diwali or in other words Kali Puja in West Bengal
In the state of West Bengal, the Day of Diwali is marked and celebrated as Kali Puja. By the time this article is published, preparations have already started in full swing in making extravagant Kali Puja Pandals for the prayers and the festival at large.
Pendal decorations and designs is an important part of Kali Puja in West Bengal. For someone who has not visited Bengal at this time of the year is recommended to have a visit during the festivities. The beauty of the Pandals are extravagant at night specially due to all the lighting effects.
All clubs or organizing committees put a lot of effort to showcase something new every year with the themes and designs and decorations of the Pandals.
Pendal hoping during the night is an import expect of the Kali Puja. Whether it be the elderly or the year, everyone has a lot of enthusiasm.
Not forgetting the delicacies and the special sweets of Bengal that are famous throughout India, without which the festivities and celebrations are incomplete.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is Diwali 2022?
This festival will be celebrated this year on Monday, the 24th of October 2022.
What is Diwali also known as?
Diwali is also known as the Festival of lights.
What is the other name of this festival?
This festival is also known as Deepavali.
How is this Diwali celebrated in West Bengal?
In West Bengal this festival as Kali Puja.
How is Diwali celebrated in India?
Diwali is celebrated by lightly up the house with colourful lights and lighting of candles and diyas, npot forgetting all the vibrant fireworks. There is exchange of gifts among families which are usually sweets along with making and enjoying numerous delicacies. Offerings and prayers are also made to Goddess Laxmi. In West Bengal prayers are being offered to Goddess Kali in the form of Kali Puja.
Our verdicts to conclude
Traditionally India being a very rich country, where there is unity in diversity and along with comes dozens of important festivals throughout the year. But a festival like Diwali is as big as a national festival to describe it in terms of the aura this festival creates as it comes year after another.
As it is celebrated as the festival of lights by not just the Hindus but also by every other community that dwells in this Nation.
This makes this festival so special, as we can feel a unity among the people and togetherness no matter how large or diverse this country is. It is a festival that definitely unites the country as one.