Diwali – The Festival of Lights

 

 

 India is a country that has a rich and varied cultural and religious heritage. One factor that brings us together as a nation is the celebration of festivals. Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated by people all over the country, irrespective of what faith or state they belong to. This festival is no longer confined to India. People all over the world celebrate Diwali with as much as pomp and splendor as Indians. It’s one of the biggest national festivals of India. Diwali means “Row of Lamps”.

The story of Diwali is different for each part of the country:

In the North, celebration marks the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Laxman from a 14-year exile defeating demon king Raavana. In the South, it’s the celebration of the defeat of Narakasura by Lord Krishna. In Western India, the festival marks the banishment of evil king Bali by Lord Vishnu to rule the netherworld (world of dead). For many, the festival is also associated with Goddess Lakshmi who is believed to visit their homes and businesses to bring prosperity and happiness. The common thread that connects all the beliefs across the country is the “Triumph of Good over Evil”.

 

 How do we prepare for this festival?

Firstly, a thorough spring cleaning of houses and businesses: Let’s make your life easier during this busy festive season. (cleaning products: mops, floor cleaners, brasso). Once your home is sparklingly clean, a super simple way to make your home smell fresh and clean is to light Agarbattis (aggarbattis and matches) Placing flowers in rooms not only makes the room look beautiful but also gives out a lovely aroma (flowers). Let’s bring out our inner spiritual light by lighting up the entire house with Diyas.

Diwali is the biggest gift giving and shopping festival in India. People shop for clothes, kitchen utensils (utensils), furniture, gifts for family and friends. Check out the latest trends in furniture by visiting our website.

The children also can be involved in the festivities. Teach then to make homemade greeting cards (paper, crayons, paint supplies), to be sent out to family and friends.

The aroma most associated with Diwali is that of sweets.  Some of the delicious Diwali special delicacies are Gulab Jamun, Kesar Peda, Ladoo, Jalebi. Our website is a one stop shop for all your shopping needs. Whether it is buying ingredients to cook from scratch (ghee, gram flour, dry fruitssugar) or buying ready to eat delicacies. (Haldiram Sweets).

Diwali is a time when families and friends get together and celebrate the bonds of love and togetherness. As lamps and fireworks light up the sky and our homes, let the spirit of Diwali light up our hearts. 

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