Why Diwali is called the ” Festival of Lights ” ?

Why Diwali is called the Festival of Lights

The word Diwali is actually derived from Sanskrit word “ Deepavali ” which means “ a series of lights ”. The word Deep means light and avail means series. Thus, Diwali is the festival which we celebrate with lights.
This festival means to worship divine like Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Mahabali.
Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights because we celebrate this festival with activities like bursting crackers, lightning the numbers of candles and Diyas around the homes and workplace .

Festival of Lights : Why Diwali is known as Deepavali ?

But the actual reason why the Diwali is known as the festival of Lights is something different. Let me tell you a small story by which you will be able to understand that actually why we Diwali as Festival of Lights. This story is about the Lord Rama, the avatar of Supreme Protector Lord Vishnu.
Lord Rama , the king of Ayodhya who had to live in forest for fourteen years because of his father’s orders. But the people of Ayodhya loved their king very much waited for many years to meet with him again. So, when Lord Rama returnd back the people of Ayodhya in the honour of their king and to celebrate his victory decorated the entire city , lit up their houses with Diyas. Years after years people celebrate this event with joy and happiness. So, Diwali is celebrated all over the world as the “ Festival of Lights ” where lights signify the victory of good over the evil.

Festival of Lights Why Diwali is known as Deepawali
Festival of Lights : Why Diwali is known as Deepawali

What Deepavali Celebrations ” Festival of Lights ” is all about : Diwali 2019 festival

Diwali generally occurs in autumn season that falls between mid-October and mid-November; according to Hindu Festival calendar in the month of kartik. Deepawali is an ancient Hindu five day festival. It starts with Dhanteras (On this day people purchase either utensils, gold and silver), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi (commonly known as choti Diwali) on second day, Diwali on the third day, Ram-Ram on fourth day (meet with relatives and friends exchange good wishes and gifts) and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister-brother bond on the fifth day.

Before celebrating Diwali, all people clean their houses and business place. Paint them in new colour and decorated them with various ways by using different kinds of light and light up lamps inside and outside houses and shops after offering prayer to Lord Ganesha ( He is a God for good beginnings and the fabled remover of obstacles) followed by Goddess Lakshmi ( She is a Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

In India , it is also considered as a “New Business Year” that is businessman makes new account books known as “bahi khata” and offer pray to Goddess Lakshmi for a successful year ahead. On first page they make swastika symbolize meaning good fortune, luck and well-being.
Happy Diwali

Author: Happy Deepavali 2020

Happy Deepavali 2020 is the co-owner and content curator for the events and Indian festival section of geeknoob. Happy Diwali 2020 is the name we came up due to the upcoming festival of lights : Deepavali 2020 ! The GeekNoob team wishes you a very happy and prosperous Diwali 2020

One thought on “Why Diwali is called the ” Festival of Lights ” ?”

  1. Alex luther says:

    On the occasion of the Diwali festival people worship divine like Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Mahabali. But the actual reson to celebrate is because of lord Rama.

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