1. Deepavali Celebrations across various regions of India
The festival of Deepavali symbolizes Indian culture, civilization, values and heritage. Indians celebrate the festival as per their own rituals and ways, in different regions, but the fervour remains the same. This showcases the great unity of diversity of Indians.
“deepapradaha swargaloke, deepamaaleva raajate”
This verse proves the fact that Deepavali was in vogue during the Mahabharata times. Deepavali is celebrated every year on the auspicious day of Aashwayuja Bahula Amavasya.
This Aashwayuja month starts with saran navaratras (9 days during Dussehra) and ends with Deepavali. It has been decided by the scholars that Deepavali festival is to be celebrated on the day of Amavasya during the period of Swati Nakshatra. The day prior to this day is called Narakachaturdasi. This was the day on which Narakasura was killed. Hence, Deepavali is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.
Deepavali is celebrated in India by its people with a lot of enthusiasm and happiness. All Indian festivals are a mix of spiritual, cultural, rituals related factors. Hence the festivals and auspicious days are celebrated with lots of devotion and enthusiasm.
These festivals help family members living across different regions of the world, meet, greet and celebrate those with great enthusiasm and fervour. And Deepavali is one of such festivals.