Diwali is the festival of lights falls every year in the month of October or November. And, according to the Hindu calendar, it falls in the month of Ashwin. Diwali is also known as Deepawali in some regions of the country because we lit row of diyas or candle in the night of the festival. People decorate their house, office, and street with the earthen lamps, diyas or electric lights on the day of Diwali. It is five days long festival start from Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiduj. Let’s look different shades of diwaali in our country.
10. Kauriya Kathi, Odisha
One of India’s most culturally diverse state, Odisha, celebrates Diwali in a different way. During Kaunriya Kathi, the people of Odisha burn jute sticks to invite their ancestors who are said to descend from heaven on the day of Diwali. They believe that their ancestors live in the wide, open sky as the sun begins to move towards the Tropic of Capricorn.
The Kumaoni celebrate Diwali by painting the thresholds of their houses red. They do so with Geru – the filtered red soil and rice solution to paint the doorsteps. This unique form of art is called Aipan and is a way for the locals to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
8. Jammu and Kashmir
The celebrations in Jammu and Kashmir have a touch of classic grandeur to them. During the festive season, the Dal Lake is light with thousands of diyas floating in the water. With a glimmer in the waters and the majestic mountains in the background, there can be no place as peaceful as this to celebrate Diwali at.
The Goans celebrate Diwali as Narka Chaturdas by burning effigies of the demon Narakasura (made of paper and filled with hay). This is followed by a visit to a local temple and a grand feast where the rich and poor dine together. Pick a Goa tour Package that lets you experience this unique celebration in all its glory.
Being a rich & vibrant culture, the Rajasthanis celebrate Diwali by lighting up the major cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur. The markets in these cities all compete to look the best by decorating themselves with vibrant lights and a plethora of colours. If you want to experience a colourful and bright Diwali, you know where to head to.
Celebrate Diwali in a quiet way in the quaint town of Kovalam, Karnataka. The locals celebrate the festival with just as much fanfare, minus the excessive noises. The beautiful landscape of the town just adds to the festivities and lets you experience a celebration unlike any other.
The community of Sindhis celebrates Diwali with a different name and somewhat different customs. They wash gold and silver coins in milk before worshipping the Goddess. After the Puja, they tap the coin against their teeth and chant the phrase – “Lakshmi aayi, danat vaai”, which means Lakshmi arrived, poverty went away.
3. Bali Pratipada, North India
Bali Pratipada is observed on the third day of Diwali. This custom is celebrated throughout North India. According to Hindu mythology, this day marks the one-day return of the demon king, Bali. Lord Vishnu had reincarnated as his fifth avatar Vamana and banished Bali to ‘patal loka’ or the netherworld. However, due to Bali’s relentless devotion towards Vishnu, the Lord took pity on him and granted him one day to visit the world every year.
2. Tamil Nadu
People here celebrate one of the unique ways possible. They do so by taking a full body oil bath. The significance of this is that they believe such a bath in oil is equivalent to taking a bath in the holy Ganges. After the ritual, people eat a hearty breakfast that consists of sweets and other South Indian dishes.
With so many unique ways how different cultures celebrate Diwali in India, you have the freedom to celebrate the festival of lights in many beautiful ways. Do let us know in the comments where you will be heading with your family to celebrate Diwali this year.
The people of Varanasi celebrate Diwali by lighting up all the ghats in the town with diyas. The whole city resounds of chants of mantras to Goddess Lakshmi to add a spiritual touch to the celebrations. With the entire city lit up with diyas, this is one of the most serene places to celebrate Diwali in India.