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Diwali festival – Some traditions

Posted on October 21, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment

Let us know some of the traditions attached to the Diwali festival which is on October 26, 2011. Diwali means a row of lamps. Clay lamps filled with wick and oil is a tradition in India. It denotes the bid to drive away darkness and also ignorance from our life.

Again there is the process of getting the house cleaned during Diwali. This is to make the entire atmosphere fit enough for Goddess Lakshmi to enter our house. It is said that Goddess doesn’t like to enter dirty houses. The beautiful colourful motifs that dot the house outside is to welcome the Goddess with a lot of colour. There is a tradition of drawing Laxmi’s footprints all over the house. Lamps are kept burning all through the night.

Diwali festival

The tradition of Laxmi Puja is done with keeping the things ready for the puja. There are silver and gold coins , uncooked rice, suparis, kumkum, paan leaves, camphor, sweets, dry fruit, agarbatti, Lakshmi Ganesh icon and flower petals that are used for the puja. Diyas are lit, bhajans are sung, and the three Goddesses are worshipped – Goddess Lakshmi, goddesses Saraswati and Goddess Mahakali. Lord Ganesha is also worshipped for removing obstacles. Then the God of Wealth Kuber is worshipped.

Laxmi Puja

Tradition of Rangoli

Do you know why we put Rangoli? Well it is depicted in an Indian painting called Chitra Lakshana that there was once a king who was very sad at the sudden loss of his son. So Lord Brahma came before him and asked him to draw a life-size portrait of his son, with chalk powder. Then this colourful floor portrait was brought to life by Lord Brahma. Thus started the tradition of Rangoli. This folk art originated from Maharashtra, and is called the Kolam in South India, madana in the Rajasthan state, and chowkpurna in the northern parts of India. It is called Alpana in Bengal and Aripana in Bihar. Rangoli in Sanskrit means a creative art with colours. Diwali sees the maximum used of Rangoli powder and Rangoli patterns. The entrances are decorated with these bright colours signifying brightness in our life.

Tradition of Rangoli

Tradition of Diwali Gifts

So we are all ready for Diwali festival with all the lovely gift wrappings and colourful packages. But have you ever wondered why we give gifts for Diwali? Well, this is the basic way we can show our mutual respect and love in the community. Good Wishes, and respect and appreciation are shown in this manner. In ancient times, the household was dependent only on farming and rearing of cattle. So during the time of Diwali they used to make things at home and share it in the village. Thus started the tradition of Diwali gifts.

Tradition of Diwali GiftsTradition of Diwali Gifts

Tradition of Playing Cards

So why do we play cards during Diwali festival? It is said that on this day Lord Shiva and Parvati played cards and Goddess Parvati said that whoever plays on this day would prosper the entire year. Thus started the tradition of playing cards on Diwali festival. Besides, the winners are very happy and the losers can’t wait for the next Diwali festival.

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