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Diwali, the Traditional Festival Of Lights

Posted: 10/22/2014 03:10 PM IST | Updated: 10/22/2014 06:36 PM IST

Diwali is well known as the festival of lights, which it will be celebrated on Friday October 23 by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit Deepavali, which it is called ‘a row of lights’. Diwali Festival symbolizes the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness.

Hindus will follow the tradition on Diwali by lighting oil lamps, bursting firecrackers, cleaning and decorating their homes, distributing sweet delicacies and gathering with friends and family. Meanwhile, the most popular stories narrate on the ancient Sanskrit epic Ramayana of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, who will return back to their kingdom Ayodhya after conquering the demon king Ravana.

During the dark new moon night, the people of Ayodhya joyfully lit oil lamps to welcome Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana back to the kingdom. Most of the Hindus gather to offer prayers to Sita and Rama, Radha and Krishna, Ganesh, the god of auspiciousness and Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Some people will go to temples to offer prayers.

In the Sikh tradition, Diwali will be called as the release of Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh Guru, who was jailed by the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Guru Hargobind has arrived in Amritsar, while his devotees lit thousands of oil lamps to celebrate his return. On Diwali, Sikhs will celebrate the Bandi Chhor Divas and they will celebrate Diwali by lighting oil lamps and reading from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy text.

In the Jain tradition, Diwali makes the attainment of enlightenment by Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism who has established the central tenets of the Jain religion. Jainism people will celebrate Diwali by lighting lamps, distributing sweets, fasting and practicing acts of charity. Diwali will be celebrate in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji including some parts of Australia, UK and United States.

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