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Transcript of Diwali
Festival of Lights
Diwali (Devali) or Deepavali, is
and most important holiday
mainly for Hinduism,
but can also be celebrated
by all Indians regardless
of their faith.
Major celebrations in
And other countries around the world with a notable Hindu population.
This celebration takes place where there
are followers or admirers of Hinduism.
It takes place in people's
Diwali happens around October or November
in the Hindu calendar, which is based
on the positions of the moon and the sun
This year the main Diwali
is on November 13th, but it
starts on November 11th
until the 15th.
This rite is celebrated for five consecutive days...
Lord Dhanwantari emerged from the waters holding the knowledge of spiritual medicines of Ayurveda to help fight against sickness, disease and death.
On this day devotees would . . .
worship Goddess of Wealth
worship Lord of Death for protection
purchase valuables & light lamps
parents or grandparents accompany children to buy firecrackers & sweets
spread firecrackers outside to dry so when the time comes it doesn't fail to perform
Lord Sri Kirshna released the world from darkness of fear and oppression in a legendary battle between the gods and demons.
This marked the end of the evil empire and the beginning of a new era of Light & Knowledge.
On this day devotees . . . .
take ritual baths with herbs before sunrise
rest for the remaining day with friend & family
Lord Krishna completed incarnation upon earth and left the world leaving behind pandavas and kinsmen in utter confusion.
Devotees would . . . .
worship Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth
worship offerings to Lord Vinayaka and Mother Goddess
perform pooja in the morning & evening
clean house & make sure it's properly lighted
visit temples & other houses to distribute sweets & gifts
light up diyas (lamps), candles, & firecrackers
Diwali=Row of Lights
Padwa/Varshapratipada/ Kartika Shudda Padyami
Followers . . . .
in North India worship Govardhan
in temples of Mathura & Nathdwara priests give special baths to deities, decorate them & offer lots of food
in traditional households women honour their husbands and recieve gifts & blessings
in businesses offer prayers for luck & prosperity for the new financial year
The people of Braj worshipped the hillock Govardhan to save themselves from an impending storm unleashed by the fury of Indra, the Lord of Heaven.
Yamuna, the sister of Lord Yama honoured her brother with a talik on his forehead and wished him a long life.
On the last day . . . .
brothers & sisters express love & affection
sisters put ceremonial mark on their brother's forehead and wish them a long life
Many Indians around the world take part in the Festival of Lights
Love & Affection
People use this time of year to strengthen relationships with family and friends.
Children experience the joy of growing up
This festival is a reminder for primary responsibility to pursue the path of light and find divinity.
Opportunity to boost sales and increase profits in businesses and commercial establishments
People gather to witness the lights of Diwali &
everyone receives due share of enjoyment
Need to Eat
Feasts (food & sweets)
By Ashley Nguyen