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Today let us talk about the recent passed and everyone’s favorite festival “Diwali”. We had a good experience offering our foreign guests to live Diwali with us. So we decided to let people who could not make a trip to India this year know about this grand festival of lights. Diwali is one of the most colorful, sacred and loveliest festivals of India. It is celebrated every year with great joy and enthusiasm across the length and breadth of the country.
The shimmer of trillion lights, deep music that sounds from everywhere, plates full of delicious-smelling sweets in the hands of adults and children, the crackling of firecrackers and the glitter of sparklers, bustle of crowded bazaars / markets, this is the feast of the triumph of good over evil, a time of bright fire of generosity on the streets and in the hearts of all Indians.
We at monks-n-monkeys have made some exclusive highlights of Diwali tour for our foreign guests: day after day and year after year. After analyzing previous years’ celebrations, we decided to redesign Diwali-tour like never before. So plan your tour to India on such a promising journey.
Tourist information about the holiday Diwali
At this time, people are out to buy new clothes and gifts for relatives. Because October-November is the most favorable time for the fair. And you can find chaotic holiday markets (regardless of whether you are in the north or south of India). Fabrics, sarees, sweets, nuts, art, souvenirs at affordable prices – all this can be bought in India in 5 festive days of the festival.
About the weather
October-November is the most favorable time to visit India. Days are dry and warm (25-30 degrees) and temperature drops to + 21 at night which is suitable for most of Europeans.
Date of festival
Start date of the festival changes every year because it depends on the lunar cycle. Diwali is celebrated exactly on the 15th day of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika.
The concept of the festival has a deep religious meaning. Hundreds of years ago, after the 14 years of exile the king of Ayodhya – Rama came back home after victory over evil, people all around lit their homes with earthen lamps to illuminate his way home, and have the opportunity to welcome the beloved king. Since then, the Indians repeat this tradition and illuminate their homes in a sign of the manifestation of spiritual light, the light of purification of the soul and heart.
Before the festival all Hindus are trying to finish old business, pay off debts. And then make new starts. The people of India believe that the ventures initiated in the week of Diwali prosper to greatest extent. People worship the Goddess of wealth- Lakshmi and the God of auspicious beginnings- Ganesha.
The festival of lights lasts for five days.
And each day has its own name, and has a deep sense of ancient traditions and requires devoted compliance with Hindu rituals and ceremonies.
THE FIRST DAY OF DIWALI.
DHANTERAS – the day of goddess Lakshmi,
All women of India on this day, clean up their home and decorate them in the best possible way and also lit diyas (lamp oil clay vessels) all over. It is believed that on this day goddess Lakshmi descends on earth and chooses to visit homes which are clean and beautiful with many lights and music.
Women pray, sing hymns to Goddess Lakshmi, praying her to bless their home with wealth and prosperity.
THE SECOND DAY. NARAKA CHATURDASHI – “Small Diwali”
Creative day of the festival. People put efforts in order to decorate around. Rangoli is a projection of the fiery light to the earth. They make the likeness of a fiery glare on the pavement and lawns of flowers and rocks, spilling out of colored powders and bright sand, dyed rice or grain cereals.
THE THIRD DAY. DIWALI, festival of DIYAS – the main day of the festival.
On this day people get together with family to light the lamps prepared before, to worship. And in the evening, they visit friends and family generously exchange sweet gifts and best wishes. The presence of relatives accompanied by mass celebrations, explosions of firecrackers and fireworks.
Why so many crackers n fireworks without even caring of environment?
Well, from parents I heard a more “earthly” explanation of the use of fireworks during the festival. It turns out that November is the month of the breeding of dangerous insects that spread disease and often becomes the cause of deadly epidemics. Smoke, steam, noise from the blasting of firecrackers and the smell of incense helps to reduce their number.
FOURTH DAY. PADWA / Govardhan Pooja
The fourth day of Diwali celebrations is ‘Padwa’ or ‘Varshapratipada’. In the North India, it is called as Govardhan Puja. This pooja is performed with great zeal and enthusiasm and in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In this pooja, there is a tradition of building cow dung hillocks, which symbolize the Mount Govardhan, the mountain which was once lifted by Lord Krishna. After making such hillocks people decorate them with flowers and then worship them. They move in a circle all round the cow dung hillocks and offer prayers to Lord.
THE FIFTH DAY- BHAIDOOJ – a day of brotherly love
After the high voltage celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights and fire-crackers, sisters all over India get ready for ‘Bhai Dooj’ – when sisters ceremonise their love by putting an auspicious tilak or a vermilion mark on the forehead of their brothers and perform an aarti of him by showing him the light of the holy flame as a mark of love and protection from evil forces. Sisters are lavished with gifts, goodies and blessings from their brothers.
Bhai Dooj comes every year on the fifth and last day of Diwali, which falls on a new moon night. The name ‘Dooj’ means the second day after the new moon, the day of the festival, and ‘Bhai’ means brother.
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