Significance Of Diyas, Rangoli, Lanterns And Sweets During Diwali

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month of Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. We can see that the houses are fully decorated with diyas, lanterns, rangolis etc. We also notice people giving sweets and gifts each other. Have you ever thought about the significance of these customs? Well let’s take a look at it.

Lighting of diyas forms a part of the celebrations and rituals of the festival. Houses are decorated with small diyas placed at boundaries and entrances. The name ‘Diwali’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’ which means row of lights. Diya is essential in Hinduism because it signifies purity, goodness, good luck and power. The presence of light means the non-existence of darkness and evil forces. Diyas are often left floating on water, as we can see the reflection of light on the water. Lanterns or Kandeels are also hung around the houses and on trees. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their relatives to wish them well. If lanterns are not lit, the dead will curse their relatives. Kandeels are hung around a month from the first day of Diwali.

A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor using coloured rice powder, flower petals etc. It is usually made during Diwali and other festivals like Onam and Vishu. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The purpose of rangoli is to feel strength, generosity and is thought to bring good luck. Eating sweets during Diwali is an old tradition of considering sweets as a small gesture of greeting people, family and friends with the joy of celebrating the festival. Gifts are given to show love and honor to those you hold dear. Let’s all keep the tradition alive by celebrating this festival with importance, joy and happiness of the heart.

HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL !!!






Angela Maria Raju , IX-B, ICSK Khaitan



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Angela Maria Raju , IX-B, ICSK Khaitan
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