Diwali memories for most of us are with the love of sweets, view of sparkling crackers, the scent of mustard oil diyas, card games and get-togethers. When the sun sets, the flames of diyas lit up faces and the smell of fresh flower decorations enhances the festive vibes. Meeting friends, exchanging gifts and a lot more.
Diwali is celebrated by millions of people across the globe as a five-day festival of lights. Also known as Deepavali, the festival coincides with harvest and new year celebrations for other parts of the world. The name comes from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted (clay) lamps” that people light outside their houses.
Like Christmas for Canada and the west, Diwali is the most celebrated festival for South Asians (primarily from India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). With the awareness of the festival and people immigrating to several parts of the world, it is also celebrated now by non-Indian communities.
It’s about light, and more light.
Why is it considered auspicious? Well, it is believed to bring luck and money!
Day 1: Dhanteras, November 2, 2021
Though the process of cleaning homes starts days in advance, on this first day of Diwali, people crystal clean their homes and move out to shop for gold or any kitchen utensils that symbolizes bringing in good fortune.
Day 2: Choti Diwali, November 3, 2021
Colourful lights, clay lamps, rangoli patterns (designed with flowers, lamps and powdered art) make their way to the beautiful homes adding a spark of festive vibe.
Day 3: Diwali, November 4, 2021
This is the main day when close family and friends unite to offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. After the rituals, fireworks begin followed by a lavish meal. Not to forget the brand new outfits every year.
Day 4: Padwa, November 5, 2021
This is the first day of the new year. People exchange greetings and gifts with friends and close relatives.
Day 5: Bhai Duj, November 6, 2021
The last day is a special occasion for brothers and sisters, where they meet, follow a tilak ceremony and exchange sweets and gifts.
Delicious, decadent Diwali sweets!
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