Significance of Diyas, Rangoli, Lanterns and Sweets during Diwali

Lizann Jan Pereira , IX-C, Carmel School Kuwait
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Diwali is the festival of lights also known as Deepavali and usually lasts up to five days. “The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which means rows of lights.” We celebrate Diwali with diyas , rangolis, lanterns and sweets.

But do we know why do we use them and what is their significance?... Have we ever pondered about it? Each thing has its own meaning and significance. Let’s have a look
Diyas are used during pujas and for decorations. It symbolises goodness and purity and lighting them denotes dispelling darkness and going into light. Since Diwali is celebrated on new moon day where there is supreme darkness everywhere and so lighting these lamps are a means to get rid of darkness and bringing in prosperity and happiness. It also denotes dispelling greed, anger and other vices.

Rangolis are usually made during Diwali. The word rangoli derives from Sanskrit and it means “the expression of artistic vision through the joyful use of colour” or “design in colours”. It shows the creativity put into making it and the colours which keeps one’s eyes astonished. It’s also a fun way of exploring new forms of art. Rangolis are used to enlighten or to welcome Hindu Gods to the house hold. The purpose of rangolis is to feel strength, generosity and is thought to bring good luck.
Lanterns are readily available in stores but making one of your own has its own charm, specially if you make it with family and friends. It’s a nice way of creating bonding with close ones. It is also an eco-friendly way of celebrating Diwali. It brings out the significance of triumph of good over evil.

Sweets the most favourite of all, and who does not like it. It is during this time of the year houses are filled with goodies. Kaju katri, gajar halwa , laddoos are some of the most favourite and common sweets made. Families and friends enjoy having it and we get a chance to spend time and make memorable moments which can never forgotten. Giving boxes of sweets to loved ones is a small gesture of greeting family and friends with the joy of celebrating the festival.

These are just few main things that are used during Diwali but the happiness, joy and significance behind it makes it worth.

Lizann Jan Pereira , IX-C, Carmel School Kuwait


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