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Diwali- India’s most important festival.

May 2016


Traditional styled houseboat Cruise in the Backwaters
(Half Day Cruise including Lunch)

Diwali, or Deepavali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.

Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.

Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.
Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

  • In North India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • South India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In Western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

In all interpretations, one common thread rings true - the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

 

What you need to know:

Like most festivals in India, Diwali’s date changes from year to year as it’s based on the lunar cycle and not a fixed date. So check the date in advance, and plan accordingly. Diwali ties up traffic like nobody’s business and makes travel challenging.

 

3 Inspiring Places
where your Incentive can celebrate Diwali every year

Well, Diwali is a festival where you cannot expect yourself to stay at home all the time. To help you out on that part, we have got a bunch of places where you can breakout into and have the most serene experience and like one you never had before.

 

Scintillating Jaipur

If you’re a light lover and want to celebrate Diwali in a bedlam of lightning and scintillation, Jaipur’s the right place for you. Jaipur is known for its overwhelming and superior lightning of buildings and towers. Even a plane flying overboard cannot steal an eye from it. So, Jaipur’s the most loving place for lighted and smiling people.

 

The home of fireworks: Varanasi

Not quite known actually, but Varanasi is the best place for anyone who is delighted by the splendor of fireworks. On the day of Diwali, Varanasi is enlightened by its superior outlook and the exasperating fireworks that take place over the Ganges just after the Holy Pray Meeting is finished.

 

A Serene Diwali in the Backwaters

Indeed, many of us try to get out of the menace and enjoy the holiday. So, why not fill it with opulence instead. The backwaters of Kerala are the perfect place for calm and composite people. It has a really great backdrop and with sun setting, one can enjoy his/her Diwali in a serene and divine way.

 

For more information, please contact Mr Rajeev Kohli at india@euromic.com

Diwali

Diwali Festivals

Indian attire on Diwali

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Sweet meats on the street for Diwali in Jaipur

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Varanasi-Diwali

Diwali Kerala Celebrations

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