Events  Light up your week with Diwali
28/10/201600:00 TV5MONDE

 
 
Did you know what the word Diwali (or Deepavali in Sanskrit) means? It actually stands for "a row of lights". Today marks Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali, in the year 2016. This is India's most important and biggest festival, wihich celebrates the victory of Good over Evil and light over darkness. Millions across the world celebrate this festival during this 5-day period. Read on for a quick overview of what the 5 days are about.

 


Day 1: Dhanteras
 
Also known as Dhantrayodashi Puja, it also marks the beginning of Tihar festival in Nepal. ‘Dhan’ means wealth and ‘teras’ means the thirteenth day of the moon cycle. Known as the festival of wealth, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Yama, the god of death, are especially revered today. This is also the day of purchasing various goods for the house, especially items of gold and silver. On this day and before sunset, Hindus will bath and offer sweets to the Lord of Death and pray for protection from ultimately death.
 
Day 2: Choti Diwali
 
This is the day where one goes for a massage in order to lift any tension and fatigue from the body. People will also bath with oil and rest to enhance vigour and devotion for the festive days to follow. 
 
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja on Diwali (most important)
 
Hindus cleanse themselves and join their family. They worship Lakshmi, the divine goddess, while praying for wealth and prosperity and rejoice in the triumph of good over evil.
 
 
Day 4: Padwa & Govardhan Puja

This is a day dedicated to the worship of Govardhan. In temples, statues of the deities are bathed in milk and dressed in shining fabrics, adorned with many ornaments such as pearls, rubies and other precious stones. 

Day 5: Bhai Duj

Tradition has it that 2 days after the day of Diwali, one dedicates this day to sisters. Brothers visit their sisters to enquire about their welfare, for example. Sisters also pray for their brother’s safety, success and good health. It is also the last day of the Diwali festival. 

 

During this festival, don't forget to do the following:
 
Indulge yourself! Enjoy various special treats during this period such as the Soan papdi, malpua, mushroom in onion gravy, dry fruits like Pista, Raisin, Walnut, Cashew, Almond, Khurmani, Pistachio and many others which are offered to others as a sign of sympathy.  
 
Exchange gifts! In order to emphasize the feelings of love, affection and appreciation. People give each other blessings and buy goodies for their loved ones, friends, relatives, neighbors, colleagues and business associates. 
 
 
 
Happy Diwali to our Indian friends around the world! 
 
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