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Diwali Celebrations in India

Diwali is celebrated all through out India. The entire Indian sky witness the grandeur of fire works along with deep devotion to the traditions of the country.

North India:

The chief attraction of Diwali in the Northern part of India is 'Ramlila', the dramatic interpretation of Ramayana. Then the effigies of Ravana are burnt with fire crackers to mark the end of the evil. Gambling is another ritual played in this time and it reaches its peak with the advent of night. Houses are decorated with flowers, diyas, and small lights. The illuminated houses compliment the dark night outside. In many houses, it is a ritual to immerse a silver coin in a tumbler of milk. Later, this milk is sprinkled all over the household to ensure health, wealth and prosperity. People worship goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha followed by exchanging gifts.

West India:

Diwali in Western India is celebrated with same pomp and grandeur as the rest of the country. Here, Diwali is of four days instead of five. On the night before Diwali, people decorate their houses with Rangolis.

The first day is celebrated as Narak chaturdasi, which triumphs victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasur. On the second day that is Diwali, people worship goddess Laxmi and god Ganesha often they are symbolized by currency notes and gold respectively. The third day is known as 'Padawa' and is considered as the most auspicious day. People go for shopping and light small clay lamps to mark the new beginning of the year. The last day of the celebration is known as 'Bhau Bheej' that is what we know as 'Bhai Dhuj'.

East India:

In the Eastern part of India, Diwali is mostly associated with Kali Puja. The incarnation of Devi Durga. People also worship goddess Laxmi for prosperity and wealth. In many places pandals are erected for the worship of goddess Kali - the destructor of all the evil forces. Here as well the festival is marked with lighting lamps, bursting fire crackers, fireworks. The festival ends with 'Bhai Fota' or 'Bhai Dhuj'.

South India:

The main festival of Diwali in Southern India is the first day Narak chaturdasi. The day preceding Nara chaturdasi, people clean the ovens and smear them with lime and kumkum. The ovens then filled with water for the next day's oil bath. After this they wash and clean their homes and decorate their household in the traditional way.

Another custom is 'Thalai Deepavali' when the newly weds witness their first Diwali at the bride's parental home. After being blessed by their parents, the couple goes to the nearby temple to seek the blessings of the gods and goddesses. Later, they are gifted with clothes and jewelries. The occasion is ended by a grand feast and bursting fire crackers.