Diwali is an annual festival that takes place on the new moon day that follows the Hindu month of Kartik, which lands on October or November of each year. The date changes each year, based on the Hindu calendar. This Hindu holiday is also known as the festival of lights, and it celebrates one of the most significant events in Hindu mythology. However, the festivities don’t stop there. Some key elements of Diwali include lights, sweets, colors, dances, love, and of course – cleanliness. Sponge & Sparkle wishes you and your family a Happy Diwali as we strive to embrace the diversity in Atlanta, Georgia and the nearby areas we serve.
Significance of Lights
Lights play a very important role in the Diwali festival, hence the nickname “Festival of Lights“. These lights represent the triumph of good over evil and hope over despair. In Hinduism, light is also a symbol of knowledge and understanding. To celebrate these virtues, many people will leave lit candles or oil lamps outside their houses as symbols of welcoming light and Hindu deities into their homes. Lighting up your home with candles is symbolic because it signifies that you are welcoming peace, prosperity, and happiness into your home for the whole family to enjoy together.
Significance of Sweets & Gifts
Like most holidays, sweets and gifts are a special part of Diwali. One of the most important aspects of the festival is the exchange of sweets and gifts. This act of giving and receiving represents the bond of love and affection between family and friends. It also symbolizes the spreading of the feeling of joy and happiness that comes with the festive season.
Significance of Colors
In India, colors have always played a significant role in culture and tradition. They are believed to represent different aspects of life. For example, white is associated with purity and cleanliness. And during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, people decorate their homes with white lights to signify the triumph of good over evil. Furthermore, they use colored powder to make mandalas and other festive shapes like flowers, peacocks, om symbols, and more. These colorful decorations are made inside the homes’ floors as well as outside, on the doorsteps and entrances!
Significance of Dance and Performances
Another important aspect of the festival is the traditional Indian dances. Talented dancers will tell the tales of Hindu mythology through their dance movements, formations, and facial expressions. They often aso wear intricate costumes. And at parties, anyone can dance to have a good time! These dances are another way to express joy and happiness, and to symbolize the victory of good over evil. The dance is also a way to connect with the Hindu gods and goddesses. The traditional Indian dance is an important part of the Diwali festival, and it is a beautiful way to celebrate the light, cleanliness, and good that are at the heart of the festival.
Significance of Love and Unity
Diwali is also a time to celebrate love and unity. Families gather together to enjoy one another’s company, and friends come together in celebration. New friends are made, old friends are reunited with. It is a great and auspicious time for relations to flourish and for us to be thankful for our loved ones.
Significance of Cleanliness
The significance of cleanliness and newness in Diwali celebrations is twofold. First, Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity, only visits clean homes. So, in order to welcome her into their homes, Hindus clean and decorate their homes beforehand. Secondly, Hindus believe that cleanliness and newness represent a fresh start or a new beginning. Therefore, by cleaning and decorating their homes for Diwali, Hindus are hopeful that the goddess will bless them with a prosperous new year. They celebrate by cleaning and decorating and also wearing new clothes. This cleanliness and newness is the perfect way to celebrate and ring in the Hindu new year.
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