Diwali, Deepavali or Deepawali, is considered to be the biggest and brightest festival of all the Hindu festivals. People also refer it to as the festival of lights. The word “Deepawali” here means Deep – light and avali – a row, together it means a row of lights. Diwali is celebrated with a four-day celebration, which lights up the whole country with the festival’s joy and lights. The festival of Diwali falls in the month of October to November. It occurs on the 15th day of the Kartik month. All four days are celebrated with huge enthusiasm. But the sense of goodness in people and enjoyment remains constant all across the country.
There are many traditions and stories related to the day of Diwali. Many relate it to the festival of harvest. Many celebrate Diwali to celebrate the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Many people in Bengal celebrate Diwali to worship Goddess Kali.
However the main reason behind celebrating Diwali is to celebrate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after the long 14-year exile with his wife Sita after defeating the demon-king Ravana who kidnapped Sita in rage of revenge. To celebrate the joyous day of return Lord Rama to his village Ayodhya, people of Ayodhya lights lamps, diyas and firecrackers.
Diwali Date 2019: October 27
Diwali Date 2020: November 14
Diwali Date 2021: November 4
On the day of Diwali, homes are decorated and lighted up with diyas, lights and candles. The day of Diwali is celebrated to honor and remember the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya. It is the festival of lights, health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.
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Some people burst firecrackers as they believe it to be the sign of enjoyment and joys. They believe that this will make Gods aware of their happiness. Diwali is a festival of give and forgive, rise and shine, unite and unify, prosper and progress, moving from darkness into light.
8 Quick Diwali Mithai and Food Recipes to Must Try
There are many sweets and mithais famous for Diwali. Some of them are:
- Goan Nevri: Nevri is a konkani sweet that is quite similar to karanji from Maharashtra or Gujiya from Uttar Pradesh stuffed with grated coconut along with almonds
- Kaju Katli: Barfis made with cashew nuts, kaju katli is one of the most popular giveaways during Diwali.
- Rava Kheer: A step away from the usual with creamy concoction of milk, dry fruits and sooji.
- Chocolate Gujiya: Fusion is the flavor of the season. Serve the good gujiyas in a modern avatar with a creamy chocolate chip stuffing.
- Badaam Halwa & Barfis: Loaded with almonds, khoya and poppy seeds.
- Shahi Tukda: This has our favorite since ancient times and is super easy to make. Slices of bread are fried, soaked in milk and decorated with nuts.
- Mohanthal: Fudge-like Indian desert made with gram flour. Popularly made in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
- Patishapta: This is a traditional Bengali desert. Thin crepes are made with rice flour, maida and sooji served with coconut-jaggery filling.