Diwali is a bright celebration of affection culture and lights - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Diwali is a bright celebration of affection culture and lights

Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

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6 min read . Oct 16 2023


Diwali is a bright celebration of affection culture and lights

Happy Diwali - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Starting off:

Diwali, which is also known as the Festival of Lights is a colorful and happy holiday that is important to millions of people all over the world. Diwali is a celebration of light, love, and unity that brings people together across national and religious lines. It has its roots in ancient traditions and stories. This blog post is the start of a journey through the many aspects of Diwali. We will look at the cultural significance, the bright lights, and the deep love that make this holiday unique.

A Tapestry of Diwali Culture:

Diwali culture - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

In India, Diwali is an important part of the culture, but its meaning changes from place to place. In many places, it's the start of the Hindu New Year and a time to start over and think about yourself. But it's not just Hindus who do it. Different versions of Diwali are also celebrated by Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. This makes it truly inclusive holiday that shows how India is known for its unity in variety.

The Victory of Light Over Darkness:

victory of light over darkness - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

At the heart of Diwali is an old story about how Light beats darkness, and good beats evil. One of the most famous stories about Diwali is the one about Lord Rama coming back from exile and beating the demon king Ravana. Ultimately, it means that goodness has won and evil has been defeated. Diwali is a celebration that shows that good things will win in the end, no matter how hard things get.

The Festival of Lights:

festival of light - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

The amazing show of lights during Diwali is probably the most eye-catching thing about the holiday. People use earthen lamps called "Diya's" and strings of bright LED lights to decorate their houses. The atmosphere changes into a stunning sea of lights, and the sky at night is lit up with amazing fireworks. The lights don't just look nice; they also represent getting rid of darkness, ignorance, and bad things in our lives and minds.

Getting ready and decorating:

Diwali decorations - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

A few weeks before Diwali, people start getting excited by cleaning and fixing up their homes. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is thought to visit homes that are clean and lovely. People often use coloured powders, rice, or flower petals to make intricate Rangoli patterns on the ground. People think of these bright patterns as more than just pretty decorations; they also bring good energy and people into the home.

Sweet and tasty treats:

Diwali sweets - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

There can't be an Indian holiday without a wide range of sweet and savory snacks. When Diwali comes around, homes are full of people making delicious treats. The sweet treats of Diwali, like Gulab jamun, Jalebi and samosas are a real treat for the taste buds. Not only are these treats a treat, but they're also a way to show love and happiness to family and friends. 

Getting Presents:

Diwali gifts - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Giving gifts is another important practice during Diwali. As a sign of love and friendship, people give each other gifts. This is a time to show each other how much you love and appreciate them. The joy of getting gifts that are beautifully wrapped adds another level of happiness. the celebrations, creating a sense of surprise and anticipation.

This is the Festival of Family:

Diwali is mostly a holiday for family and getting together. People in the same family get together to celebrate, pray, and eat. When people spend valuable time with their loved ones, the bonds of love and unity get stronger. Whether you're doing the traditional Lakshmi Puja, lighting diyas together, or enjoying the holiday treats, Diwali is all about being with your family.

Holiday of Forgiveness:

Not only does Diwali celebrate wins and get rid of evil, it's also a time to forgive and let go of past hurts. People try to fix failed relationships, get back together with family or friends they haven't seen in a while, and start over. An important part of Diwali culture is the act of asking for and giving forgiveness.

Meaning in a spiritual sense:

Diwali is known for being a big, happy holiday, but it also has a very deep spiritual meaning. A lot of people use this time to think, pray, and meditate. It's a chance to get in touch with your inner self and find spiritual truth. Lighting lamps is a metaphor for the inner light that gets rid of ignorance and ego.

Celebrate in an eco-friendly way:

say no to crackers - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

People are becoming more aware of how Diwali celebrations, especially the fireworks, hurt the earth these days. Many people and groups are now choosing celebrations that are better for the environment and don't make a lot of noise. These types of celebrations not only cut down on pollution but also make the holiday more peaceful and open to everyone.

Celebrate Around the World

Celebrations around the world - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Diwali isn't just enjoyed in India; millions of people all over the world do too. Diwali is celebrated with a lot of joy in places like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, and even in places where the people are not Indian. The theme of light, love, and unity is appealing to everyone, and this worldwide celebration shows that.

Belonging to the community:

People feel more connected to each other during Diwali. Families aren't the only ones who party. Whole neighborhoods and communities do too. Events and celebrations are often put on by temples, cultural groups, and local associations. This creates a time for larger social gatherings and a feeling of belonging.

Acts of kindness:

As part of the Diwali spirit of giving, a lot of people do good deeds for other people. Donations are given to people who need them, and food and gifts are given to the less fortunate to make the event more open to everyone. It's a time to share your good fortune and work for social justice.

Using your creativity:

Rangoli - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Diwali also makes people want to make art. You can be as creative as you want during this time, from making intricate Rangoli designs to designing bright lanterns and lamps. During the holiday season, there are lots of art and craft classes that let people show off their creativity.

Traditions of Today:

In our fast-paced world, Diwali customs have also changed to fit modern ways of life. People still do traditional things, but they also often video call, send digital wishes, and even have virtual parties with their loved ones, which brings them together from all over the world.

Celebrations that last:

Because of worries about the environment, celebrations of Diwali that are sustainable and good for the environment have become more popular. To cut down on noise and air pollution, more and more people are choosing ornaments that are made by hand or found locally, and they are also using firecrackers less.

Growth as a person:

An important part of Diwali for many people is the chance to grow and improve themselves. It's common to make plans and resolutions for the new year with the goal of improving different areas of life, such as health, work, and relationships.

Hope and a New Start:

New start - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

Every year on Diwali, people not only remember the good times, but also look forward to better times to come. It represents the spirit of renewal, change, and the hope that life will get better soon, no matter how hard things get.

In conclusion:

Happy Diwali - by Reema Batra Singh - CollectLo

 The holiday of Diwali is more than just a party; it's a beautiful celebration of love, culture, and tradition. Hearts are warm from being with each other and hopeful for a better, more wealthy future as lamps and fireworks light up the night. It's a good thing to remember that the light of love and goodness will always win, even when things look dark. Let's enjoy the happiness, lights, and love that Diwali brings into our lives this year, and let its spirit shine through our hearts and homes.