Some people call Diwali as “Deepavali” which means “a row of lighted deeps”. Diwali is also known as “festival of lights” as markets, shops, houses and each and every other place is decorated with lights and Diyas. Diwali word originate from a Sanskrit word “Dipavali”. To understand its meaning dipavali is divided into two words: Dipa which means lamps and vali means row that is “Row of Lights”.
Significance of Diwali :
Diwali is pronounced in different way in each languages of India. Some of them are: ‘deepabali’ in Oriya; ‘deepaboli’ in Bengali; ‘deepavali’ in Assamese, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu; ‘divali’ in Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi; ‘diyari’ in Sindhi and ‘tihar’ in Nepali.
Deepavali Importance :
Diwali is a new fiscal year that is “new year for business”. On this day, Businessmen makes new bahi khatas (account books) and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity a head.
This festival is a symbol of victory of light over darkness. On this day we offer prayer to Lord Ganesha for our obstacle free path, Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and Goddess Saraswati for knowledge. We clean our places, painted them and decorated them with lights and flowers to welcome Gods and fulfill our all wishes. Light show the path to our doorways, garlands fresh up the air. In villages the floor is painted with cow dung as it is considered to be very pure and in cities also, some business places the part of the floor where we offer prayer is to be painted with cow dung.