The sparkle all over, glitter in eyes, beauties wrapped in silk, dazzling homes, lightened sky, pink winters, sweets offered and gifts cherished, yes you are right! Its DIWALI, what a blessing to live this beautiful festival with family and lovely friends. It’s not only a festival, it’s an arm that holds our culture and togetherness.
The lights are so bright that can steal your heart and leave you mesmerizing the beauty of rays and the vibrant colors of rangoli that lit your house joy.
Kali puja and Diwali are celebrated with keeping in mind from where it comes.
Calls together as HAPPY DIWALI
The five sparkling days of Diwali are:
- Dhan teras : The first day of Diwali is called Dhan teras and it’s the beginning of the festivities. An immense amount of buying is done on this particular day be it gold or silver, the tradition varies from every state. In some states like Gujarat, this particular day is more important than the Diwali day.
- Kali chaudas : After Dhan teras is celebrated then comes kali chaudas, it’s also known as Choti Diwali. On this very day, Lord Krishna destroyed the demon. So this day signifies good over the evil. The victory over the evil is celebrated.
- Diwali: Diwali or Deepawali is the actual day of the festivities. The houses are lit with diyas and sweets are exchanged. The family meets and create a moment of joys together. Everyone greet each other Happy Diwali.
- Govardhan puja orAnnakut: The fourth day is also known as Bestu Baras in Gujarat celebrated as New Year. It is also celebrated as Vishkarma day when people worship their workplace, instruments, machines.
- Bhai Dooj or Bhai beej or Bhai Fota(In Bengal): The last day of Diwali is Bhai Dooj or Bhai Beej is celebrated for the beautiful bond of brother and sister for long and healthy life.
Kalipuja is known differently to different states as Shyama puja or Mahanisha Puja, on these auspicious occasion people of Kolkata worship maa Kali- the destroyer of the evil whereas the rest of India worship goddess Laxmi.
When KALI PUJA or Shyama puja is celebrated in Kolkata at night, you can see the idol of goddess Kali at every corner of the city and also across West Bengal. As history depicts, Kolkata got its name from KALAKSHETRA which means land or the ground of Kali.
KALI is the first of ten incarnations of Durga, goddess Kali is considered more fierce face than Durga.
Diwali is celebrated in Kolkata as Kali Puja from the day of full moon and is taken place with same zing and enthusiasm.
Whereas in North India, Diwali is celebrated in a mark of Rama returning home after defeating Ravana for taking away Sita.
On the occasion of Diwali, the greeting and gifts are exchanged within family and friends and the city is decorated as bright as it can possibly be.
Diwali is celebrated all across India in different states and religions. All come together and lit up the city, people wear new clothes, make sweets at home and gather to enjoy for their very own festival.
Be it market, street or houses on Diwali looks colorful and the air is blessed.
A day before Diwali, Dhanteras is celebrated and this particular day people buy gold, silver or even steel utensils.
Rangoli is made and lanterns are put and on the day of Diwali lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi are worshiped.
Bursting crackers is also one of its attractions, kids and even adults enjoy bursting crackers.
Post-Diwali the festivities doesn’t end, the very next day is marked as Govardhan puja and Diwali padva which is celebrated amongst the married couples. Also, a mass community has Bhai Dooj which is dedicated to sisters and brothers whereas other communities in Hindu and Sikh celebrate Vishwakarma Puja which is dedicated to the workplace and puja is held for the same. It’s a beautiful experience for the individuals to cherish this particular festival in different ways in every state.
The environment gets affected by bursting crackers, so keep this Diwali lit with diyas, not noisy crackers. Lets put our bit for a better tomorrow.