Diwali Festival in India: Essential Guide

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EXPERIENCING DIWALI FESTIVAL IN INDIA

Diwali is the most important festival for all Hindus. Also known as the festival of lights, people illuminate their homes, shops and streets days and weeks in advance. It brings families and friends together to pray, celebrate, celebrate and relax, a bit like Christmas in the West. People also see it as the beginning of a new year, so people clean their homes, invest in new things and forget old problems to start over and have a clear mind in a new period. This article explains why, when and where the Diwali festival is celebrated. If you want to experience the festival of lights in India, plan your trip now.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE DIWALI?

The Diwali festival marks the beginning of a new year in the Hindu calendar in India. He celebrates the return of Lord Ram from his fourteen years of exile in the woods after defeating the ten-headed King Ravana who had kidnapped his wife Sita. Hanuman (the monkey god) and Laxman (Ram’s younger brother) are other important characters in Ramayana, the ancient epic poem about Ram, Sita, and justice. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair. Therefore, it is called the festival of lights. Hindus basically illuminate the night in this joyful celebration.

WHERE AND WHEN IS THE DIWALI FESTIVAL?

Diwali Day is the full moon between the end of October and the beginning of November. The celebrations are for five days with Diwali being the third and most important day. In 2017 Diwali will be on October 19, in 2018 on November 7 and in 2019 it will be on October 27. To know what else to expect at this time of year, check out the articles in our blog about the weather in October and November.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus throughout the country and in almost every state. However, you won’t find much Diwali spirit in Kerala, where they celebrate Onam and have fewer merchants who worship Laxmi. See our route suggestions for northern India to know how to plan your trip around the festival.

HOW IS THE DIWALI FESTIVAL CELEBRATED?

The celebrations begin on day 1 with Dhanteras. On this auspicious day, the Indians clean and decorate their homes and prepare for the festival. They also go out and buy new clothes, a great day for the Indian retail industry! The second day is also used for preparations, but small bids (rituals) are also held on the first day of the rituals. Rangolis, art patterns made of dust and colored flours, adorn the doors of people’s homes to receive their guests in Diwali.

The third day is Diwali and the most important day where families and friends get together, exchange gifts and light diyas, small oil lamps that last all night. Later in the evening, people go outside and light the fireworks and cookies to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The next day, on New Year’s Day, family and good friends visit and exchange sweets and gifts. The fifth and last day is called ‘Bhai Dooj’ (the second day of the New Year, dedicated to the brothers), this is when the sisters cook for their brothers, they put ‘weeks’ (red dots) on the forehead and receive their Blessings. and link.

WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACED TO CELEBRATE THE DIWALI FESTIVAL

A stay at home in northern India would be the ideal way to experience Diwali in India. You can go to Varanasi and see the amazing aarti and drop fireworks along the Ganges river. Jaipur markets are fully lit and are an absolute visual delight during Diwali. Goa has a crazy Diwali game scene and a special tradition of burning effigies of the Narakasura demon. Amritsar, although essentially Sikh, is known for his Diwali celebrations, especially in the Golden Temple. It doesn’t necessarily matter where in North India you celebrate, just make sure you don’t travel on Diwali Day and stay with a Hindu family and not in a large hotel to really experience the Diwali festival to the fullest.

DIWALI SAFETY INFORMATION & TRAVEL ISSUES AROUND THE HOLIDAY

Diyas and firecrackers are everywhere, so watch out for clothes that catch on fire (especially girls who wear “dupattas” or Indian scarves). It is also a good idea to wear earplugs in India during the Diwali festival, especially if your ears are sensitive. Some cookies are extremely loud and sound more like explosions. Noise can be very harmful to your hearing. There is also a lot of smoke in the air that can make breathing difficult and difficult. Don’t keep your face too close while lighting fireworks and run towards it once you turn them on. Children must be supervised! We hope everyone has a safe and happy Diwali!

If you travel to India during the Diwali season, be sure to book in advance: train tickets, hotel reservations, guides, become more difficult and more expensive to book. Accommodations at major tourist destinations are often booked months in advance. But the most difficult are train tickets, as people from all over India travel to see their loved ones.