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Diwali celebration in different cultures of India

All over India, the festival of Diwali has been celebrated for ages. The sparkle of this Diwali festival has increased by the culture of each Indian state. There is a huge variety of taste of this festival from the Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Let’s walk around the different regions of India to see the changing lights or changing colour of the Diwali festival. In North the Diwali festival is connected with the returned of king Ram with his wife Sita to Ayodhya. Uttar Pradesh has Ayodhya as a part of Northern state. So, the people of Ayodhyacelebrate the returned of his beloved king with lightening up the oil lamps and electric lights as a tradition on the day of Diwali. The Varanasi Ghats are decorated with the countless diyas and bundle of prayers are performed in the holy river of Ganges. Betting by playing cards is very common on the day of Diwali in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Himachal. To buy utensils of kitchen is considered auspicious in Bihar on Dhanteras. The Jaipur city of Rajasthan is beautifully decorated on the day of Diwali. Winter crops are sows in Punjab during the Diwali festival. In Punjab after the Diwali festival the “tikka day” is celebrated, when tilak is applied on the brother’s forehead by their sisters to protect them from any type of harm. “Bandi Chhor Divas” is the Sikhs festival that is celebrated on the day Diwali in the remembrance of “Guru Hargobind” the sixth guru of the Sikhs, for his release from prison in Gwalior. So, Sikhs celebrate their guru’s return on this day of Diwali. At the pilgrimage centre of Sikh, an enchanting display of fireworks and light can be seen every year. Amritsar’s golden temple attracts a huge number of visitors and Sikhs who gathered to see the magnificent display of the Diwali brightness. Goddess kali, the evil’s destructor is worshiped by the west Bengali while the rest of India worships the goddess Lakshmi on the new moon night of Diwali. The entry of houses is decorated with the plantain leaves. Instead of the Diwali day, the Bengalis perform puja of Lakshmi after the five days of Dussehra. In Odisha during Diwali festival, a ritual is performed calling spirit of the forefathers that lead them to heaven. Jute stems are burning and sing prayers for lightening up the paths of their ancestor’s souls. It is believed that the goddess Lakshmi is visited to homes on the night of Diwali so, doors and windows remain open on this night. Diwali is the festival of prosperity and wealth and majorly business communities are celebrated. The Gujarat state, that is also known as entrepreneurial potential, vigorously celebrated the Diwali festival every year. The deity of prosperity, the goddess Lakshmi, is worshiped on the Diwali as well as on the Dhanteras for getting her blessings for their homes and ventures. Diwali is the sign of new financial year for Guajarati businessman so, they perform another puja Chopda Pujan besides the Lakshmi puja. This is the New Year day for the Guajaratis.

Updated: April 1, 2019 — 8:30 am

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