Diwali aka The Festival of Lights
Pronounced: Dee-pa-wali (aka Necklace of lamps)
Festivals are sources for bringing joy and cheer in our lives through celebrations. Diwali aka the Festival of Lights is celebrated to honor Lord Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his kingdom after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.
Diwali is celebrated during the month of October / November every year. It is celebrated exactly after 20th day of the Dusshera festival.
All the hindus celebrate Diwali festival all over the India with great pomp and show. Thousands of earthen lamps & candles are lit in every locality of every city throughout in India which making it call the festival of Lights.
Lots of foreigners come to visit India specially to celebrate Diwali. During Diwali time people wear new clothes and perform Puja aka worship of goddess of wealth “Laxmi ji” and seek her blessings for growth and prosperity. During Diwali day people distribute sweets to each other along with fire crackers to poor peoples also so that every body can celebrate Diwali. During Diwali time all the business families change their ledger to new one with wish to attain more growth and prosperity to business.
Bajaj Indian Home stay, New Delhi https://www.bajajindianhomestay.com/ (a boutique 3*+ hotel unique concept, located in the Main Marketing Hub Karol Bagh of Delhi) is famous for promoting and celebrating Green Diwali with line of lamps all over the homestay with their foreign guests. Many of them are from overseas who immensely enjoy the hospitality of Bajaj Indian Home stay during the Diwali festival. All the staff directors and guests of Bajaj Indian Home stay lit an array of lamps and pray to goddess of wealth to provide the blessings on this pious occasion. All guests also join in these celebrations and prayers and simultaneously learn about Indian Traditions, Customs, Ethos, Values and Family bondings. Later sweets are distributed in the joyful atmosphere followed by unitedly celebrating “Green Diwali” with Diyas and Candles.
Small prayer of Diwali is mentioned below:
- Om Jai Lakshmi
- Goddess born from the struggle between good and evil
- Guide us toward the light.
- Om Jai Lakshmi.
- Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
These days many people pledge to celebrate Diwali in eco-friendly way i.e. without burning the crackers to avoid polluting our air thus by celebrating & decorating the house with candles and small earthen lamps “diyas”. A message at this festival is that we must make a pledge at this joyful moment to save our environment.