The festivals of lights, Diwali, brings along with it a 5-day long celebration of all things joyous and colourful. Hindus around the world rejoice in the victory of good over evil and welcome Lord Rama’s return home to Ayodhya after 14 long years of exile. This year, the Diwali festivities will begin with Dhanteras on November 13 which will be followed by the celebrations for Diwali on November 14.
The celebration of Diwali can find its roots in ancient India and it is likely that it began as a significant harvest festival. And as with many Hindu festivals, the origins of Diwali differ from region to region, which can be vastly attributed to the culture of stories and legends being passed down through generations through the spoken word.
Some are of the belief that Diwali is the celebration of Goddess Laxmi’s marriage to Lord Vishnu. Some even consider this day as the auspicious occasion of her birthday, as it is a popular belief that she was born in the month of Kartika on a new moon (Amavasya).
In certain regions, like Bengal, this festival is dedicated to Goddess Kali, the dark Goddess of strength. In other regions, devotees offer prayers to the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesh. But in all mythology and history, Diwali marks the day that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, after being in exile for 14 long years, to reclaim his throne and fulfil his duty. His return is all the more significant due to his victory over the demon king Ravana. It was in celebration of their King’s return, that the people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with diyas, to light his way home.
Diwali 2020 Wishes
Wish you are blessed with peace, prosperity, happiness, good health and grand success. Happy Diwali 2020!
All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the self. Merge yourself in this light and enjoy the festival of lights.
Let’s celebrate the festival in the true sense by spreading joy and light up the world of others. Have a happy, safe, and blessed Diwali!
This year was tough, spend Diwali safely so that we can have a better 2021!
Diwali is the day to light lamps and diyas, but it is also the day to be safe
May the millions of lamps of Diwali illuminate your life with happiness, joy, peace and health. Wish you and your family a very prosperous Diwali.