Significance of Diwali

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

There are a lot of thing we use or thing that go unnoticed many times. But do we know the story behind these small things? Each one has their own significance. I am going to be telling about such unnoticed things used in the nearing and popular festival, Diwali.

Lamps: Lamps are an integral part of all festivals, but it has a deeper effect on Diwali. Celebrated on the full moon day, Diwali is known to have a lot of darkness and evilness on its day. Thus, to ward this darkness off, lamps are lit and in every corner of the house to weaken evil forces. But the traditional story says that lamps are lit to mark the return of king Ramachandran, an avatar of Vishnu, from his 14-year exile and the return of the Pandavas from their 12-year exile during the Mahabharata period.

Rangolis: Derived from two words, ‘rang’ and ‘aavalli’, the beautiful pattern you see your mother or father make is called rangoli. It is usually colourful or white in colour. It is done on space in front of the house door. This is not only a welcome to visitors during Diwali, but also and welcome to goddess Lakshmi who comes when we do a ‘Lakshmi puja’ during Diwali. It is a traditional pattern passed on from many generations, some being a hundred years old. It symbolises the goddess of knowledge, Saraswathi. It also has a geometric shape with a look alike to lotus, the starting of all life.

Crackers: Bursting crackers isn’t just for fun for us. It is like life farmers. During Diwali season, farmers move the crops from the farmhouse to the storehouse. But while moving, the insects might eat or destroy the crops. Thus, to prevent this, farmers burst crackers to ward off these insects. Crackers signifies Joy, hope, good over evil, etc… so, it is busted in Diwali.

Sweets: We make sweet and eat in almost all the festivals. There sweets are very pleasant to eat, and it brings a festive mood to us, but not only that. Sweets are regarded as a good gesture to guests. They are also known to be pure and an offering to god. Adhirasam, a popular pastry-like sweet is recommended for preparing in Diwali. It is considered the purest of sweets and is a usual offering to god in pujas.

New dress: We buy new clothes almost all the time, but I recommend you reserve it for this occasion. Sudha Murthy has mentioned in a book, ‘Wise and otherwise, a salute to life’, that ‘Diwali has lost its true meaning. People have only 1 or 2 kids, so they pamper them, buy them whatever they want. They buy clothes sweets, junk food they want, and they don’t wait for any festival. And so, nobody look forward to any of the festivals’. How true! And, new dress is significant during Diwali as it marks the advanced starting of Bogi Pongal, in which we throw away old or bad things.
These small things have such big stories behind them.

A happy Navratri and an advanced happy Diwali to all of you! I would recommend you use green crackers if you really want to burst some, as they release a lot less pollution than normal ones. Stay safe and sound! Bye!






K.Arya Narayanan, VII-D, FAIPS, DPS



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K.Arya Narayanan, VII-D, FAIPS, DPS
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