Last Updated on March 1, 2021 by Rishabh Ranjan
Diwali or Deepawali is a very famous festival in India. Most often, we celebrate it in the month of Karthik (between October and November). It is a belief that Lord Rama returned on this day from 14 years of exile after killing Ravana. Ravana was the demon king of Lanka. He abducted Sita, wife of Lord Rama. Lord Rama killed Ravana in a ferocious battle and he went back to Ayodhya along with his wife Sita and younger brother Laxman. The people of Ayodhya lighted deeps to welcome them. This is the main reason why we celebrate Deepawali. People express their happiness by celebrating Diwali and lighting up their homes with diyas.
Diwali is also known as the festival of lights. On this day, people decorate their homes with diyas and fancy lights.
We celebrate Diwali to mark the victory of good over evil. It is a popular belief among people of India that Goddess Lakshmi visits the homes of the devotees. Lord Ganesha showers his blessings on those who worship them on this day.
Moreover, People worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and they also worship Lord Ganesha who is Vighn-Harta, the remover of obstacles as per Hindu mythology.
Diwali Celebration in today’s time
People celebrate Diwali with great fervour and enthusiasm all over the country. People from India who have settled in other parts of the world celebrate this festival. Most importantly, children wait for this festival for many months. On this day diyas made of clay lit all over the places. Children with family members celebrate Diwali by burning fire-crackers. On this auspicious day, people like to wear new clothes and eat many delicacies in order to enjoy the festival. People visit the homes of their friends and relatives and exchange gifts. Certainly, Children have a gala time on this occasion.
Though burning firecrackers is banned in many cities. Therefore, people should be motivated to burn only eco-friendly fire-crackers.
As a matter of fact, People clean their homes to welcome Goddess Laxmi. They dispose of all the old and junk items and replace them with new ones. Definitely, renovation of the house is on agenda for many and people like to welcome Goddess Lakshmi in their clean and renovated homes.
How to tackle pollution at the time of Diwali
Since we are facing severe pollution in the country. We should follow the government guidelines and burn eco-friendly firecrackers. Most often we have seen the haze on the other day of Diwali. This is nothing but smog. The AQI level gets on the alarming stage for the next few days after Diwali. Certainly, This causes a difficult situation for senior citizens and people suffering from asthma or bronchial diseases.
Diwali a time to boost local business
Diwali is a time when we can help the local artisans who are the backbone of our country. Since there have been new lighting systems which come into place these days. They seem more attractive. But we should keep in mind the efforts of our local artisans who put hard labour to produce diyas. These deeps and idols are natural and made of clay which is eco-friendly. We can buy these diyas and contribute to their income. We can also buy idols of Lakshmi and Ganesh from them. Certainly, this will help them and their family in a great way. At the same time keeping our tradition alive.