With Deepavali, or Diwali, or commonly also known as the Festival of Lights, coming up this weekend, there are five facts about the festival that you may or may not know about it.
[ Deepavali is not a celebration of the Indian New Year ]
Contrary to the common misconception, Deepavali is not a celebration of the Indian New Year. The Indian New Year falls in mid April. Instead, this is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil in several stories from Hindu mythology and ancient literature.
[ The beautiful floral drawings on the floors are not decoration purpose only ]
Known as kolam, commonly created using coloured rice flour, are sign of invitation to welcome all into the home, not the least of whom is Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. The Kolam is traditionally considered to be women’s art as to honor Andaal, woman who defied the expected path of women in her culture, didn’t marry and worshipped the God Thirumal that eventually ended marrying him.
[ Deepavali celebration in worldwide]
Few nations worldwide are celebrating Deepavali in such great extend. It is also consider a national holiday to countries like India, Trinidad & Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Surinam, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji. Moreover, Pakistan opt an optional holiday to the citizen instead.
[ Deepavali celebrated for FIVE consecutive days]
Day 1 – Dhanteras : It marks the beginning of the five days of Diwali celebrations. It signifies the day of Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with Ayurvedic, the ancient art of medicine and body-mind connection, for mankind. At sunset, they will offer a lighted deepa with sweets as an offering to Yama Raj, the Lord of Death and ask for protection from an untimely death.
Day 2 – Naraka Chaturdasi: It signifies the day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. On this day, they will bathe with oil to relax so that Deepavali can be celebrated with vigor.
Day 3 – Letchumi Puja: The third and main day of the holiday. Families gather to pray to the Goddess Letchumi. It also signifies signifies the return of Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, having successfully rescued Sita and defeated the demon, Ravana.
Day 4 – : Govardhana Puja is performed. Legend has it that Lord Krishna taught the people to worship the ‘Supreme Controller of Nature’ or God. Specifically Govardhan as Govardhan is a manifestation of Krishna. This worship began over 5000 years ago and carries on til this present date.
Day 5 – Bhratri Dooj: A day dedicated to sisters. It is believe that on this day in the Vedic era, Yama Raj, the Lord of Death visited his sister Yamuna. He gave her the power to cleanse all those who visit her on this day from their sins. From then on, brothers visit their sisters on that day and in India, many will bathe in the Yamana river. Thus, marks the end of the Deepavali celebrations.
[ Happy Deepavali or “Deepavali Valthukkal” for festive greeting]
தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துக்கள் or “Deepavali Valthukkal” means Happy Deepavali in Tamil.
Here, ctnurazwan.com wishes you தீபாவளி வாழ்த்துக்கள் ! for those who are celebrating and to everyone else, enjoy your upcoming public holiday!