An information leaflet about Diwali


Introduction

In Rowlatts hill we celebrate Diwali because we have quite a few children that are Hindus. We celebrate Diwali by having a school assembly, parties and Diwali activates all day.

What is Diwali?
Diwali is one of the biggest Indian festivals. The festival has great religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and the Nepalese. In India, Diwali is now considered to be more of a national festival, and is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith.

How Hindus celebrate Diwali

Diwali is commonly celebrated by decorating homes with lamps and candles, bursting of firecrackers and sparklers, eating sweets and other mouth-watering dishes, praying to Gods and Goddesses, observing religious rituals, wearing new dresses and sending wishes and gifts to one another.

When is Diwali?
The number of days of the celebration of the festival differs with different communities. The festival comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra, another sacred Hindu occasion, and is celebrated for five consecutive days at the end of Hindu month of Ashvin. Diwali is on 26th October, 2011.

What does Diwali mean?

The word “Divali/Diwali” is a variation of the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “a continuous line of lamps. Thus, Diwali is the time to celebrate with lights.

Hindus and Sikhs alike regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. As one of the most important Hindu festivals, Diwali marks the beginning of a new year in some Hindu calendars.

Why is Diwali called the “Festival of Lights”?
Diwali is known as the “Festival of Lights”. The festival is traditionally celebrated with activities like bursting crackers, lighting rows of candles and diyas (earthen lamps) around individual homes, holding dazzling fireworks display and igniting colourful sparklers.

Five Days of Diwali

  • On the first day of Diwali,People clear their homes
  • On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.
  • Day 3: This is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.
  • Day 4: This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
  • Day 5: On the last day of Diwali, People visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.
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