We all are aware of the story from where this festival of lights, Diwali comes from. They say that it was a dark and moonless night when Lord Ram, along with Mata Sita and Laxman comes back to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. He had got the victory by killing the demon Raavan who was evil, and hence, it is said that it signifies the victory of good over evil. So, to honor the joy of Lord Ram coming back to his kingdom, the people of Ayodhya lit up the entire place with earthenware oil lamps. Hence, Diwali is also known as Deepavali, which means a row of lights. Apart from this, Diwali also involves distributing of Diwali gifts and sweets amongst your loved ones.
It is a much-loved festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs throughout the whole world. The festival brings people together no matter what the religion, caste, gender or color. It’s a festival of togetherness. That’s why it is commemorated with much-enthusiasm all over the world. For most people, it is an occasion that is all about fireworks that dazzle the sky and make it look like a kaleidoscope. Diwali involves giving a lot of Diwali gifts to family and friends. Diwali is a celebration that is of five days, which we will be explaining below.
This day is the first day of Diwali, which is believed to be very auspicious for the merchants. It marks the beginning of the new financial year for some business people. On this day, it is considered lucky to purchase gold, silver, or any item of steel.
This day signifies the victory of Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama over the demon Narakasura. On Narak Chaturdashi, people wake up early in the morning at 3 AM and bathe with utan that is made up of ayurvedic herbs and scented oils. On these people invite their loved ones and exchange gifts, Diwali sweets, flowers, dry fruit packs between each other.
This is the third day when people do evening puja to Goddess Laxmi in order to pray for wealth and prosperity for seeking her blessings. They believe that Goddess Laxmi, on this day, visits our houses to bless all of us, and it is necessary to keep them clean. People also decorate their houses with home decor items, rangoli, and diyas to make it look heavenly.
The fourth day of Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan Puja or Balipratipada that is also known as Padava. It is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna got victory over Indra dev. This is mainly celebrated by the people of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan with zeal and enthusiasm. While Balipratipada is celebrated in Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
The last day of the five days ends with Bhai Dooj. On this day, the sisters pray for the long and happy lives of their brothers. It is also called as Yama Dwitiya, Bhai Tika, or Bhai Bij. The brothers and sisters share their love for each other by doing an aarti, feeding each other sweets and gifts.
Tulsi Vivah or Devotthan Ekadashi
This is not a part of Diwali but is a ritual in the Hindu religion. In this, we awaken Lord Vishnu and mark the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. Diwali also marks the end of the four long months of Chaturmas, during which marriages are prohibited as per Hindu traditions. Hence, tulsi vivah is the marriage ceremony of holy plant tulsi with the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
It does not matter whether the entire year has been a rough one or not. The coming of Diwali, sweets, and gifts is what all of us want. So, if you also wish to make it special for you and your loved ones, then you can surely consider ordering sweets and gifts for them. If not able to visit your dear ones, then order online and send Diwali gifts in Mumbai and surprise them. It’s the best way to steal your beloved’s heart without visiting their place. Go ahead and book your Diwali gift now!