5 Best Reasons To Celebrate Diwali in India 0
Sparkling firecrackers, colorful rangolis and a mesmerizing trail of lights as far as the sight goes, complimented by a heart-lifting aura everywhere. This is what Diwali is all about. A fine example of ‘Christmas coming early’ in India, the Festival of Lights brightens up not only the landscape of the country but also the vicinities of our tired souls. Families and friends come together in this grand celebration about the victory of good over evil, a jovial affair of new beginnings and portraying love towards each other. The festival is based on the Hindu lunar calendar and takes place in either late October or early November, In 2019, Diwali starts with Dhanteras on October 25, while it concludes on October 29. The five days of Diwali portray different meanings. The first day is Dhanteras, an auspicious day for financial beginnings. The second day is known as Choti Diwali, while the third day is the important day when Goddess Laxmi is idolized and offered prayers. The fourth day is called Govardhan Puja while the final day is known as Bhai Dooj when it is dedicated to all brothers and sisters. From traditional booming celebrations in the Northern parts of the country to the peaceful aesthetic festivities in the south, let us further know why Diwali is the best time to visit India.
Here are five best reasons to spend time in India during Diwali -
1. To celebrate the festival of triumph of Good over Evil
Every Indian festival has some intriguing legend attached to it and it is the same for the festival of Diwali. After Dusshera comes Diwali, which is the symbol of celebration of Good's triumph over Evil. According to Hindu religious beliefs, When Lord Rama and his wife Queen Sita returned to their Kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating the Demon King Ravana as well as spending 14 years in exile, the people of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with earthen lamps to celebrate this joyous occasion.
Since then Diwali is celebrated as the personification of over evil. People make resolutions to defeat evil and wrongful ideas within themselves and start over with good and pure beliefs. People willfully clean their homes and get rid of old unwanted things to void their residences of everything negative that stalls their new endeavours. You will find warm and welcoming folks where ever you go as they become their best selves. Not only people seem merrier, but their way of hospitality gets even better. You can always enjoy a homestay with a North India family and experience it by yourself.
2. To adorn the most festive set of clothing found nowhere across the globe
Clothing reflects the vibrancy and excitement of Diwali and therefore people opt to buy new and traditional clothing during the Diwali season. Goddess Laxmi is the Hindu deity of wealth and prosperity and therefore is devotedly revered during Diwali. During Laxmi Puja, women wear elegant sarees made from a variety of materials, such as silk, crepe, chiffon, and velvet. The bazaars and markets are more bustling than usual during the Diwali season as women and men alike rush to buy the best piece wardrobe.
Girls also adorn intricately woven and crafted lehengas, salwar kameez, and ghagras. Men tend to wear bright colored designer kurtas and coats. In some regions, most particularly in the southern parts of India, Dhoti, Lungi, and Mundu are regional variants of the fabric worn around the waist. Women tend to opt for Kancheepuram, Karaikudi and much more. These clothing can be found nowhere else on the planet and so makes it one of the reasons to visit India during Diwali.
3. To savor the mouth-watering gastronomy during Diwali
Every festival is incomplete without food, and there is no Diwali without sweets or confectionaries. All across India, different types of sweets and dishes are prepared during the Diwali season that makes them must-try delicacies. The Northern parts of India are famous for their overwhelming sweets such as the Kheel Batasha, the most famous sweet on the streets of Delhi. Made of sweet puffed rice with sugar drops, the cuisine of Delhi is incomplete without it. The rich Mawa Kachori of Rajasthan and Moti Pak from Gujarat are an absolute burst of flavors inside the mouth.
The crescent-shaped traditional Gujjiyas also is known as Karanjis in Maharashtra are part of the main elements of snack during Diwali. Sugary Shankarpale and spicy spiral-shaped chakli make a scrumptious combination of contrasting flavors. Pinni, Gajrela, Thenkuzal and much more comprise of this endless list of rich and luscious cuisine celebrating Diwali giving you one more reason to step foot in the realm of delicacy.
4. To Experience the endless Shimmer of Lights and Firecrackers
It is only the time of New Year’s or someday of national importance that you get to use fireworks once in a while. But here in India, the festival of Diwali itself offers more than just a day to enjoy the warm and colorful sights of bursting firecrackers. Firecrackers are used extensively in India during all the festivals and special occasions, but during Diwali people tend to use a wide array of fireworks that seem to turn darkest nights into bright days.
People light diyas, which are earthen lamps filled with oil. These lamps make every house seem like a palace as the mesmerizing trail of peacefully shining flames hovers around. Electronic lights are also used during these times which are fitted over doors, trees, temples, many more spots. Children and elders alike enjoy the loud show of firecrackers such as fountains, spiral tops, tiny bombs, and sparkling sticks. Pollution of air has become an issue over the years and therefore people have either resorted to celebrating peaceful Diwali or limiting the time of using firecrackers to the minimum.
5. To witness different types of Diwali celebrations in different parts of India
As it is known that India is a culturally diverse and multi-ethnic country and therefore the way Diwali is celebrated also varies according to the region. Witness the festival of lights amidst the synchronized and serene chants on the banks of the river Ganga, as you celebrate Deep Deepavali in Varanasi. The City of Ghats is well-known for its Ganga aarti during Diwali which involves illuminating millions and millions of lamps upon the ghats which creates a breathtaking sight. It only just gets better when you move to Jaipur and Udaipur as these two royal cities light up all its majestic forts and palaces. The Udaipur Light Festival is a must-see once in a lifetime spectacle. If you are someone who is looking for a more peaceful yet grand destination for Diwali, then the Golden Temple of Amritsar is perfect for you. The Golden structure shines even more glamorously, standing in the graceful aura of devotees all around. The Maha Kali Puja in Kolkata which involves prayers to Goddess Kali is the most popular event in Eastern India. You either choose individually or cap it all with visiting the pristine beaches of Goa and celebrate Diwali on Naraka Chaturdashi by burning firecracker-filled effigies of Narakasura.