Diwali Facts and Trivia

Diwali is just around the corner. Here we are going to highlight some interesting facts and trivia about Diwali which you may or may not know about Diwali, the biggest and momentous celebration for Hindus in India and all around the world.

  • Diwali is considered as a cosmopolitan Hindu Festival. It is festival for all.
  • It is India’s largest and most celebrated festival.
  • It marks the Hindu New Year Calendar.
  • Diwali literally means the “Festival of Lights”.
  • It signifies the victory of good over even, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
  • It is celebrated on 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika.
  • The festival is celebrated by more than 800 million people in various ways from all around the world.
  • Diwali is also celebrated by Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.
  • Diwali is a five-day long celebration consisting of five festivals - Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Pooja and Bhai Dooj.
  • Goddess Laxmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) is worshiped on the main Diwali evening.
  • Lord Ganesha (the god of auspiciousness and wisdom) is also worshiped along with Goddess Laxmi on this auspicious festival.
  • Diwali also marks the return of Lora Rama with his wife Sita, and brother Laxman from 14 years of exile.
  • In South India, Diwali marks in south India, the death of demon Narakasura at the hands of Hindu Lord Krishna.
  • Diwali is a major shopping festival in India.
  • It is a national holiday in India and several other country as well.
  • In West Bengal, Goddess Kali is worshiped on Diwali.
  • In South India, Diwali is referred to as “Deepavali” - a Sanskrit word which means “Row of Lights”.
  • People clean and decorate their homes on Diwali with beautiful decorative items and earthen Diyas.
  • Rangoli designs are made on the doors to welcome the Goddess Laxmi.
  • After Laxmi Pooja, sweets are distributed among near and dear ones.
  • Exchange of gifts, gambling, playing cards, Rangoli designs, etc are tradition of Diwali.
  • Diwali or Deepavali literally means the Festival of Lights, not sounds. However fireworks are made to celebrate the festival and make merriment, but bursting crackers and making fireworks were never an integral part of the festival.
  • We should stick to our tradition and avoid bursting crackers and making fireworks to save our environment against pollution.

Have a Safe Diwali, Shubh Diwali!