Cleaning the house, decorating the place with beautiful diyas and lights, stuffing everyone’s mouth with our most favorite sweets, gifting our loved ones with a heart full of love. You guessed it right. We are talking about the biggest festival of India- Diwali.
The time of the year when everyone has crazy fun with friends and family. A time for introspection and celebration and marking the win of good over evil. Every state in this vast and wide country celebrates this festival with a special style, welcoming the goddess of wealth, prosperity and good luck into their houses.
Day 1- Dhanteras.
On the day of Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped. It is believed that people should clean their houses as a courtesy to this guest, visiting them on account of Diwali. Small gold item purchases or kitchen utensils are believed to bring in good fortune.
Day 2- Naraka Chaturdashi
On the second day of this grand celebration, prayers are offered to the souls of ancestors. This day, also known as Choti Diwali commemorates Krishna’s destruction of Narakasura. This day is also celebrated by decorating homes with diyas and rangolis.
Day 3- Lakshmi Pooja
The most important day of the festival, Lakshmi Pooja, is the day when Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped. Families gather together to offer prayers and blessings to ensure prosperity. Families and friends share mouth-watering feasts and sweets.
Day 4- Navin Varsha
This is the first day of Kartikka, the beginning of the new year according to the Hindi calendar. Loved ones visit each other and exchange gifts and best wishes on this day. It is also known as Govardhan Puja, Balipratipada, or Annakut, which commemorates Krishna’s defeat of Indra, the king of the gods.
Day 5- Bhau Bij
The last day of Diwali called Bhau bij, Bhai Dooj, Bhai Tika, or Bhai Bij, celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. On that day, families’ sisters pray for the success and well-being of their brothers. The brothers are bathed after applying Utna and oil, hence also welcoming the season of winter. Brothers and sisters exchange gifts and enjoy the lavish Diwali feast.
A very Happy Diwali to you and your loved ones from Tattletale!