ยป Divine Treasure Behind Our Festival Dipavali
Di:pa:vali is the grand festival of lights. Many people around the world celebrate Di:pa:vali with great religious fervor.
Di:pa:vali is a Sanskrit term derived as 'Di:pa:na:m a:valihi Di:pa:valihi = Di:pa:vali, which means an array of lights. Celebrating Di:pa:vali is great fun! People of all ages, both young and old, enjoy this festival.
This festival is a spectacular event, it is everyone's favorite festival of the year because everyone gets a chance to enjoy the lights, light fire crackers and eat delicious food like Vada cooked with yoghurt and sweet.
During this festival, clay lamps are lit and placed in and around the house. Kids enjoy lighting up a variety of firecrackers, like Bhu:chakra, Vishnuchakra, flower pots, rockets, sparklers etc.
There's a special firecracker that looks like a small button before you light it. Once lit, it turns into a snake with a sizzling noise. People also light up rockets that go up making beautiful, colorful, and majestic patterns in the sky.
Every year, when Di:pa:vali is approaching, all that the children can think of is about the rockets travelling into the sky and lighting firecrackers in the evening. Kids become ecstatic when they hear the sounds of booming rockets.
There are also some fireworks called "ladi:", which explode for a long time when they are lit. It is a wonderful delight for both - the eyes and the ears!
Though it is really enjoyable, firecrackers are explosive materials and add a lot of pollution to the environment. Hence, one should be careful in this regard.
Di:pa:vali falls on the last day of the month of A:swi:ja, as per the lunar calendar. The previous day is called Naraka Chathurdasi. On this day everyone takes a head bath with oil before sunrise. Then, a special abhishe:kam is offered to the deities.
The Lord is decorated with new clothes that are first shown to the moon. Children prepare an effigy of Naraka:sura filled up with firecrackers, and burn it. Then they take a head bath.
Mothers cook delicious sweets and spicy snacks to offer to the Lord and then they distribute them to all relatives and friends.
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