FESTIVALS - Deepavali - October 30 , 2016
 
 
Happy & Gorgeous Deepavali
 

Deepavali (Diwali) or the 'Festival of lights' is perhaps the most beautiful of all Indian festivals. It falls on the preceding day of the New Moon in the Malayalam month Thulam (October - November).

 
Deepavali Legends
 

It is celebrated in commemoration of the destruction of the demon called Narakasura by Lord Krishna. As Lord Krishna killed Narakasura on the Chaturdasi day (the fourteenth lunar day) it is also known as Narakachaturdasi. The people of Dwaraka greeted Lord Krishna with illumination and rejoicing in honour of his victory over Narakasura. The darkness of the Chaturdasi night compelled them to use many lamps on the occasion, and subsequently the illumination became a part of this celebration.

 
 
 
It is supposed to be the day when King Rama's coronation was celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Worship of Lakshmi, fireworks and festivities are an essential part of the occasion.

Another legend is that Vishnu gave the festival to the Vaisyas, whoare traders, by tradition, and people who tend cattle and cultivate the land. It honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune and consort of Vishnu. It is celebrated with worship, ceremonial displays of lights, and fireworks to chase away the spirits of the deceased. It is also a time for financial stocktaking as well as for the exchange of gifts. The rich merchant communities of western India celebrate this festival in great style and throughout India all traders open new account books for the coming year on this day.

 
 
 
 
 
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