Diwali Facts


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diwali facts

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Diwali, also known as Deepavali is a Hindu festival of light. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month of Hindu lunar calendar. The exact date changes with the year. It is going to be celebrated on 27 October in 2019. Here I am going to share some of the Diwali Facts which are very interesting to known.

  1. The first interesting Diwali fact is that the word Diwali comes from Sanskrit word which means “ row of lights” , because on this festival people decorate their homes, shops and streets with lights and lit oil lamps known as diyas.
  2. Diwali is not purely a Hindu festival, it is also celebrated by the followers of Sikhism and Jainism.
  3. Diwali is a festival on which people wear new dresses, meet with friends, family and relatives and enjoy feats. People also exchange gifts, sweets and enjoy this festival.
  4. Diwali is celebrated annually and it lasts for five days. The exact date of Diwali changes every year, but it falls between the months of October and November.
  5. Many Hindus believes that Diwali is a day on which the goddess of wealth Lakshmi visits every home and spread prosperity for whole of the year, so the lighted lamps helps Lakshmi to find her way to the peoples’ homes.
  6. Diwali is also a celebration which indicates good ‘triumph over evil’ which indicates the return of Rama and Sita to the city of Ayodhya after defeating the evil king Ravana and completed exile for 14 years.
  7. In Bengal Hindus worship the goddess Kali, a destroyer of evil forces. And in Nepal people celebrate Lord Krishna’s victory over the wicked king Narakaasura on Diwali.
  8. Rangoli is another one of the important Diwali Facts. Hindus decorate the entrance of their homes with colorful lights and color powder to attracts goddess of good fortune and wealth, Lakshmi.
  9. Millions of people around the world celebrate Diwali. They gather in mandirs to worship and attract good. They also watch firework display and enjoy as well.
  10. Diwali is also celebrated outside from India. One of its example is the celebrations of Diwali in the city of Leicester, in the UK, where people gather in the streets to enjoy and dance.
  11. Diwali is celebrated by 800 million people worldwide in different ways.
  12. As Diwali is a Hindu festival, so it is celebrated on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartika.
  13. Diwali is a five-day long festival, which is considered as the brightest and biggest festival of India.
  14. Diyas or lights are left burning for all night.
  15. Hindus in Bengal honor the fearsome goddess Kali on Diwali and they worship Kali as well on this day.
  16. Lord Ganesh and  goddess Lakshmi are also worship on the festival of Diwali.
  17. Firework display looks very attractive on Diwali, but it creates a lot of air pollution which creates many respiratory diseases.
  18. Diwali plays an important role in boosting trade and economy, because of buying firecrackers, oil lamps, new dresses and other related items have positive effects on the economy of the country where Diwali is celebrated.
  19. Although Diwali is celebrated mainly in India and there are official holidays for its celebration, it is also celebrated in many parts of the world like in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Suriname, Singapore, Mauritius and many other parts of the world where Hindus are living. In Pakistan there is optional holiday on Diwali.  
  20. It is also a tradition to clean the house before Diwali before entering in the new year.
  21. “Shubh Deepavali” is a traditional greeting associated with Diwali. It means, “Have an auspicious diwali”.
  22. The total cost of the firecrackers bursted in Diwali is estimated to be around one billion dollars. which is significant and boost the economic activity of India.

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About Arfa Farheen

Hi! I am Arfa Farheen a teacher and an event blogger. I have done Master in Geography and Education. From the very beginning I was fond of celebrating important events, festivals and days around the world. I was eager to know the interesting facts about that, so now I decided to write all those things in my blog so that you can also know about the interesting facts, history and reality of that events. My blog is based on specific events, holidays, festivals, or any sort of national, international, cultural, religious, seasonal or popular event. I will show you people not only about the realities of such events but also how to celebrate and enjoy it. I always welcome your precious feedbacks. If you want to give any suggestion or have any query about my blog feel free to mail me at: javaria.mir@yahoo.com Stay connected Thank you for reading Arfa Farheen

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