Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Kartik with zeal and gaiety.Diwali is the time for attractive Diyas and dazzling fireworks. It is the time for Barfi, laddos and Rasgullas .It's the time for new specially designed dresses .It is the festival for rejoice.
This 5 day long Hindu festival is celebrated worldwide. The first
day is celebrated ad Dhanteras. Women believe this day as
auspicious and they buy some gold, silver or utensils.
The second day is Choti Diwali. The people of Maharasta
take before sunrise with oil and "Uptan" (paste)
of gram flour and fragrant powders on this day. Third day or the
main Diwali is celebrated with a lot of fireworks, diyas and
candles and crackers.
The Govardhan Puja takes place on the forth day of Diwali.
And the fifth day is Bhai Duj.
There are many interesting customs related to Diwali throughout
India. One of the unique customs of Diwali consists of indulgence in
gambling in North India. Nowadays, cards have replaced dice.
According to mythology while Goddess Parvati enjoyed playing dice
with her spouse Lord Shiva on this day. It is believed that whoever
will gamble on Diwali night would remain prosperous throughout the
South Indian custom
The custom of celebrating Diwali in South India is unique. People
wake up before sunrise prepare blood by mixing Kumkum in oil and
after breaking a bitter fruit that represents the head of the demon
King that was smashed by Krishna, apply that mixture on their
foreheads. Then they have an oil bath using sandalwood paste.
The temples of Mathura and Nathadwara, celebrates Diwali in their
own manner. The deities are bathed with milk and adorned with
precious clothes and ornaments. Then offerings of a large variety of
delicacies are made to them.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day with Aratis and Bhogs.
The Custom of The jains
The Jains celebrate this day in the honour of attaining 'Nirvana'
(or Eternal Bliss) of Lord Mahavira.
The Shikh tradition
The Sikhs celebrate Diwali to celebrate the release of the sixth
Guru Hargobind Sahib. For them, Diwali means worshipping the
religious freedom of Sikhs.
Rangolis, Fire works and Crackers
Rangolis are done to decorate the houses to capture the festive
mood. People spend a lot of money on fireworks. . According to one
belief, the sound of fire-crackers are an indication of the joy of
the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful
state. The fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects too.
Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, the symbol of auspiciousness
and wisdom, is also worshipped in most Hindu homes on this day.
Not only the lighting diyas, a lot of rituals are related to Diwali celebration in India.