Just few days are left for Diwali 2011 and all of us will rock on this festival of lights on forthcoming 26th October. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India. It is also famous as the festival of lights. Though it is a festival of Hindus yet other communities also enjoy this festival. In this way Diwali gives the message of national unity and religious harmony to all Indians living in India and abroad. This festival is celebrated continuously for 5 days starting from Dhanteras to Bhai Duja.
The first day: The first day of Diwali is popular as Dhanteras. On this day Hindus do a combined worship of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi to invite prosperity in their homes. Buying gold, silver, new clothes and other luxury items is considered to be very auspicious on this day.
The second day: The second day of Diwali is known as Narak Chaudasa. It is observed in the memory of incident in which lord Krishna killed a demon named Narakasura. On this day people compulsorily get up before dawn and take a holy bath followed by worship.
The third day: The third day is a favorite all. It is the day of Diwali on which people clean and decorate their homes. They wear new clothes, prepare sweets and worship goddess Laxmi. Finally all people including young kids light up fire crackers to create a grand scene around their homes. They greet their relatives and friends with gifts and sweets.
The fourth day: The fourth day is observed as Anna Kuta. On this day people follow the worship of holy Govardhan Mountain by offering it all kinds of tasty food and sweets. This ritual was started by lord Krishna during his childhood days.
The fifth day: The fifth day is called Bhai Duja. Like Raksha Bandhan, this festival also symbolizes affection between brothers and sisters. On this day sisters greet and respect their brothers by offering them gifts. Brothers also wish the well being of their sisters.
Significance of Diwali: Diwali is an important festival of rejoicing among Indians. They wait for this celebration since beginning of every year. It is an occasion when most people choose to buy expensive items, property and do new financial investments. Diwali is a favorite of kids; they get new clothes, delicious sweets and fire crackers to enjoy on this occasion. On this festival friends and relatives meet each other and observe a grand social gathering. Diwali is a blessing for businessmen and shopkeepers. Their sales become double on this occasion due to more buyers. For this reason they observe special worship at their offices and shops to wish prosperity in their profession. People buy different kinds of gifts for their family and friends. They present grand gifts to their loved ones.
Precautions on Diwali: Every festival has pros and cons, same is with Diwali, this festival is celebrated with oil lamps and fire crackers. People need to be careful while decorating their homes with oil lamps. They should keep away from lamps at a safer distance so that they may not burn their clothes. While bursting fire crackers special care has to be taken for kids. One should burn crackers from a safe distance lest they may damage body parts including eyes.