Significance of Diyas, Rangolis, Lanterns and Sweets During Diwali

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Diwali is here! It marks a special time of celebration and fun for us Indians. It is one of the times in the year when the shops are crowded with people buying new outfits, new lanterns and other decorations for the homes. Diwali or Deepawali is celebrated to mark Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. On that dark winter night many years ago, the people of Ayodhya had welcomed Lord Rama with open arms, the entire town was lit with oil lamps and candles and the night sky filled with firecrackers. We always see houses filled with diyas, colourful rangolis, lanterns and sweets during Diwali. But have we ever thought about what does each of it signify? Let us find out

When one thinks of Diwali, Diyas or lamps are one of the first things that comes in mind. Diyas symbolizes goodness and purity, and lighting them denotes dispelling darkness and going into light. And since Deepavali is celebrated on the new moon day-a time of darkness everywhere; lighting these lamps are a means to get rid of darkness. We decorate the entrances with beautiful, colorful Rangolis. These rangolis are not only meant for beautification, it also means to prevent evil from our homes. Rangoli designs always look complicated because the negativity that is in the air gets entangled in the complexity of the rangoli design and fails to enter the house. Rangolis absorbs evil and prevent negativity from harming us. They also remind us to keep thinking positively, so that we can make our lives prosperous. Another important part of the decorations is the lanterns. Lanterns are of different colours which represents love, purity, peace and happiness. Lanterns are also filled with light which eliminates the darkness and negativity around us. It is a tradition to gift sweets during Diwali. We can’t imagine Diwali without sweets. Everyone especially children look forward to have some sweets that day. But even gifting sweets has a special significance. Diwali marks the beginning of a new year, people celebrate it by giving sweets. So giving sweets is a way to wish our family and friends a prosperous and happy new year.

Knowing what each of these traditions signify and following them makes Diwali more special and meaningful. Though we are now in our homes and cannot celebrate Diwali as we used to, let us light diyas and eliminate the darkness and negativity that surrounds us. Let’s hang lanterns and distribute sweets and make beautiful Rangoli designs and make this Diwali a very special one.

Wishing a very Happy and Prosperous Deepawali!





Hannah Sarah Bobby,XII-A, Indian Community School Kuwait, Khaitan



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Hannah Sarah Bobby,XII-A, Indian Community School Kuwait, Khaitan
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