The Festival of Lights!
The annual festival of Diwali is upon us once again and, as one of the most well-known of the Hindu festivals, people are celebrating en-masse. Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is an Indian festival which last for five days and greatly honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The word Diwali comes means ‘rows of lighted lamps’ and during the five days all public places will be decorated with lights and small lamps, known in the Hindu language as diyas.
Diwali also symbolises the start of the new Indian business year and many Hindus will pray for a successful continuation for their livelihoods. The festival of Diwali also has other significant meanings in people lives asides from the traditional lighting of the lamps. Many will take this time of the year as an opportunity to have a huge clean out of their homes and also to purchase and buy new clothes. They will also exchange gifts, food and sweets with their neighbours and friends. As with many western festivals, the use of fireworks to accompany the celebrations will be used.
In essence, the festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. Although the festival will take place around the entirety of India, different regions have variations on their celebrations and will attribute payer to different gods. In the north of India, Diwali is most commonly celebrated in relation to the return of King Rama who was exiled for fourteen years; in Gujarat the festival is dominated by celebration of the goddess Lakshmi; in Nepal the festival is more to commemorate Lord Krishna and his victory over an alleged demon king; in Bengal the goddess Kali is the centre of attention.
Regardless of the reasons that the population of India celebrate Diwali, it is a time when the nation comes together and honours the various beliefs of their country. It is a time of peace, fun and most importantly celebration! If you want to learn more about Diwali and its origins then there are several professional translation services who have made it possible for traditional literature to be available in a multitude of languages. Regardless of the language or dialect you speak, you can find a wealth of information on this festival online so don’t hesitate to check it out now!