Why do Indians celebrate Diwali?
Diwali is held on October 30, 2016. Indians usually celebrate the main day at home, and in India, it is one of the most famous and important Hindu festivals.
History: One of the famous Lord “Ram” was abandoned along with his wife and brother for 14 years in the jungle by his stepmom. Meanwhile, the King of Sri Lanka’s sister had misbehaved with Lord Ram’s brother Laxman. Out of anger, Laxman cut the girl’s nose, and she went back weeping to her brother Lord Ravana (Sri Lanka’s King).
To take revenge, Lord Ravana kidnapped Lord Ram’s wife and flew her with him to Sri Lanka and told her he would marry her.
Lord Ram tried his best, and along with the help of his devotee Hanuman, they built a bridge with stones to Sri Lanka, where Lord Ram defeated Lord Ravana and brought his wife back.
So the homecoming of the Lord with his wife was celebrated by the residents of his kingdom by lighting candles; hence this practice is done each year.
It is said that the Day Lord Ravana was defeated after exact 20 days Diwali is celebrated. So the defeat is celebrated as Dussehra and the homecoming as Diwali.
In Auckland and many parts of the world, combined festivals are organised, but actual Diwali is on October 30, 2016.
What happens on Diwali?
It’s a three-day celebration in India with excitement from one month before.
On Diwali Eve, people buy firecrackers and new kitchenware as well.
Citizens in India these days use Chinese fairy lights to decorate their rooftops and gardens.
Young unmarried girls make coloured sand arts at the entrance. Floating scented candles are used to decorate. Excitement for special food and sweets is there all over Diwali season.
During the main day, there is a family get together with prayers conducted to the main God and Goddesses (Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi). Mothers pray and children light fireworks.