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Diwali Images And Wishes Diwali or Dipavali is a Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities where it is observed. | Diwali Images
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The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, while the main Diwali is observed on the third day and the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. The festival falls between mid-October and mid-November in the Gregorian calendar. | Diwali Wishes

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Another year will be over, another year will come.
I hope and pray that the lights of Diwali
illuminate the new chapter of your life.
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Images

May your life be as colorful, magnificent,
shimmering and magical
as the lights from the lamps of Diwali!
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Wishes

May this upcoming Diwali bring you luck, happiness
joy and success in all your endeavors in life.
God bless! | Diwali Images

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I am wishing that the bright lights of Diwali
guides you through your way out
of every streak of trials in this life.
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Wishes

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May joyfulness and luck transcends
through the earth as we celebrate
the festival of lights. | Diwali Images

I hope that the flaming sparks of the lamps of Diwali
which burns like a shooting star,
guide your way through your dreams. | Diwali Wishes

May every aspect of your life become
as luminous and exciting as
the lights flickering
on the lamps in the festival of lights. | Diwali Images




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As we celebrate festival of lights,
I am wishing you continuous success
and luck through the next year of your life.
Happy Diwal | Diwali Wishes

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May your home be filled with good vibes
and intensively positive aura
as we celebrate the Diwali festival. | Diwali Images

The lights of Diwali are bringers
of good health, long life and good luck.
May you celebrate this occasion
so that you will attain all of these good things. | Diwali Wishes

May this joyous festival bring your family a lot of blessings in any form— money, food or whatsoever.
Your family deserves such rewards for being a good one all throughout the year. | Diwali Images

I hope that the lights of Diwali
illuminate the minds of all the people
who have been deceived by the devil.
The lights are still more powerful than the force of the evil. | Diwali Wishes

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Wishing you and your family a bombastic Diwali!!!

Have loads of fun and loads of masti!! Happy Diwali!! | Diwali Images




Rejoice on this blessed occasion by spreading joy with

your friends and loved ones. Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Wishes

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Om Bhoor Bhuwah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasaya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat
Wish you a joyful and prosperous Diwali. | Diwali Images

On this auspicious occasion,
May joy, prosperity, and happiness
Illuminate your life and your home.
Wishing you a Happy Diwali | Diwali Wishes

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On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, I pray that God fulfills all your dreams.

May you get lots of gifts, sweets and good wishes this Diwali. | Diwali Images

 

Today I feel gifted and blessed that my Diwali is full of affection, love, and happiness.

May God always bless us. | Diwali Wishes

 

May the Festival of Lights bring lots of joy, peace and prosperity to you and your family.

Have a great Diwali. | Diwali Images

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Maa Laxmi will come to your house and will shower her blessings upon you.

Remember to keep your doors open and decorate them with lots of lights and flowers. | Diwali Wishes

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झिलमिलाते दीपों की
रोशनी से प्रकाशित
ये दीपावली आपके
घर में
सुख समृद्धि और
आशीर्वाद ले कर आए
शुभ दीपावली! | Diwali Images

Light A Lamp Of Love!

Blast A Chain Of Sorrow!

Shoot A Rocket Of Prosperity!

Fire A Flowerpot Of Happiness!

Wish U And Your Family Sparkling Diwali | Diwali Wishes

 

This Diwali, may you be blessed with, Good Fortune – As long as Ganeshji’s trunk.

Wealth and Prosperity – As big as his stomach.

Happiness – As sweet as his ladoos. | Diwali Images

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IT’S THE OCCASION TO THRONG THE TEMPLES,
PRAY TO THE GODS AND GIVE THEM OFFERINGS,
IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENTREAT THE DEITIES,
TO BLESS US ALL AND RID US OF SUFFERINGS | Diwali Wishes

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With gleam of Diyas
And the Echo of the Chants
May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Diwali!! | Diwali Images

May the joy, cheer,
Mirth and merriment
Of this divine festival
Surround you forever.
May the happiness,
That this season brings
Brighten your life
And, hope the year
Brings you luck and
Fulfills all your dearest dreams!
Happy deepawali | Diwali Wishes




May the beauty
Of deepavali season
Fill your home with
Happiness,
And may the coming year
Provide you with all
That bring you joy! | Diwali Images

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On this auspicious festival of lights,
May the glow of joy,
Prosperity and happiness
Illuminate you life and and your home.
Wishing you a Happy Diwali | Diwali Wishes

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Separated by distance,
Joined by hearts.
Sending you Diwali wishes,
From miles apart.
Have a happy and safe Diwali! | Diwali Images

Light a lamp of love!
Blast a chain of sorrow!
Shoot a rocket of prosperity!
Fire a flowerpot of happiness!
Wish u and your family SPARKLING DIWALI | Diwali Wishes

The gorgeous festival of snacks and sweets
everyone enjoying a royal feast
when old and young with delight meet
and with love and affection do all hearts beat.
Diwali is here – the gracious festival
Celebrating victory, of myth and mystery
The festival that signals Triumph over Tragedy
May it Bestow all with Love and Happiness! | Diwali Images



May this Diwali bring you happiness and prosperity.
May Goddess Lakshmi bless you
And give you strength to achieve success in whatever you do!
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Wishes

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May the beautiful gleaming lamps of Diwali brighten you life making it a better place to

live.Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Images

 

May the gleaming diyas of Diwali bless you and your loved ones with

positivism.Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Wishes

 

As you pray to Lord Kuber on the auspicious eve of Diwali, I pray to him to shower

wealth on you and make you feel the luckiest.Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Images

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Diwali is the best time to create special memories with your family and loved ones.

May you create the best of the best memories this Diwali.Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Wishes

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May this Diwali bring endless moments of joy and love to your life. Happy Diwali | Diwali Images

 

May the festivities of Diwali over-whelm your heart with joy and happiness. Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Wishes

 

I hope this Diwali brings lots of luck to you life and fulfill all your dreams and desires.Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Images



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May the luck and love be with you on this auspicious occasion of Diwali. Wishing you a great Diwali. | Diwali Wishes

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Another year will be over, another year will come.
I hope and pray that the lights of Diwali
illuminate the new chapter of your life.
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Images

May your life be as colorful, magnificent,
shimmering and magical
as the lights from the lamps of Diwali!
Happy Diwali 2018! | Diwali Wishes

May this upcoming Diwali bring you luck, happiness
joy and success in all your endeavors in life.
God bless! | Diwali Images

I am wishing that the bright lights of Diwali
guides you through your way out
of every streak of trials in this life.
Happy Diwali! | Diwali Wishes

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May joyfulness and luck transcends
through the earth as we celebrate
the festival of lights. | Diwali Images

I hope that the flaming sparks of the lamps of Diwali
which burns like a shooting star,
guide your way through your dreams. | Diwali Wishes

May every aspect of your life become
as luminous and exciting as
the lights flickering
on the lamps in the festival of lights. | Diwali Images




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As we celebrate festival of lights,
I am wishing you continuous success
and luck through the next year of your life.
Happy Diwali 2018 | Diwali Wishes

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May your home be filled with good vibes
and intensively positive aura
as we celebrate the Diwali festival. | Diwali Images

The lights of Diwali are bringers
of good health, long life and good luck.
May you celebrate this occasion
so that you will attain all of these good things. | Diwali Wishes

I hope that the lights of Diwali
illuminate the minds of all the people
who have been deceived by the devil.
The lights are still more powerful than the force of the evil. | Diwali Images

May you live your life like the festival of Diwali, happy healthy and wealthy.

A Very Very Happy Diwali . | Diwali Wishes

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Diwali or Deepavali is a Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, while the main Diwali is observed on the third day and the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. The festival falls between mid-October and mid-November in the Gregorian calendar. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Images

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Before Diwali, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. For the main Diwali evening, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfits, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) to Lakshmi – the goddess of prosperity, light fireworks, enjoy family feasts, share mithai (sweets), and give gifts. Diwali also marks a major period for cultural bonding and shopping in India, Nepal and for the Indian diaspora elsewhere. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

The festival originated in the Indian subcontinent and is mentioned in early Sanskrit texts. The name of festive days, as well as the rituals of Diwali, vary significantly among Hindus, based on the region of India. The celebrations usually fall eighteen days after the Dussehra. In many parts of India, the festivities start on Dhanteras or equivalent which kicks off home cleaning and floor decorations such as the rangoli. The next day is Choti Diwali or equivalent in north India, while for south Indian Hindus it is the main Diwali. | Diwali Images

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The western, central, eastern and northern Indian communities observe the main Diwali on the third day and the darkest night of the traditional month. The day after Diwali is marked, in some parts of India, with the Goverdhan Puja and Diwali Padva dedicated to the relationship between wife and husband. Some Hindu communities mark the last day as the Bhai Dooj dedicated to the bond between sister and brother, while other Hindu and Sikh craftsmen communities mark this day as Vishwakarma Puja by maintaining their workspace equipment, workshops and offering prayers. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains too celebrate a festival called Diwali to mark the final liberation of Mahavira. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison, while Newar Buddhists, unlike the majority of Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshipping Lakshmi. Diwali is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia (except Sarawak), Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica. | Diwali Images

Nomenclature and dates

Diwali or Divali is from the Sanskrit dīpāvali meaning “row or series of lights“.The conjugated term is derived from the Sanskrit words dīpa which means “lamp, light, lantern, candle, that which glows, shines, illuminates or knowledge” and āvali which means “a row, range, continuous line, series”. | Diwali Images

The festival dates extend over five days around the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar calendar in autumn every year after the summer harvest and marks the new moon, locally called the amāsvasya. This night ends the lunar month of Ashwin and starts the month of Kartika, states Constance Jones – an Indologist with a focus on religious sociology. The darkest night is the main Diwali night, and it typically falls in the second half of October or first half of November in the Gregorian common era calendar. The full Diwali festivities begin two days before on Dhanteras, and lasts two days after the main Diwali night which is the second day of Kartik month’s first-fortnight. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

The main Diwali day is an official holiday in about a dozen countries, while the other festive days are regionally observed as either public or optional restricted holidays in India. In Nepal, it is also a multiday festival with different names and rituals, with the main Diwali being called the Tihar festival by the Hindus and Swanti festival by the Buddhists. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Images

Description

Diwali is a five-day festival with main Diwali celebrated on the third day and the darkest night of the lunar month. Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs light up their homes, temples, shops and offices with diyas, candles and lanterns, with countless little lights illuminating neighborhoods everywhere. Hindus have ritual bath with oil at dawn on each day of the festival. Diwali is also marked with fireworks and floor rangoli designs; the festival is a major celebration of flavors with feasts and numerous mithai (sweets, desserts), as well as homecoming and bonding time that ritually brings family and friends together every year. Diwali is also the major festival when social and cultural bonds are annually renewed, particularly in urban areas. Communities and associations organize, invite others to dinners, dance events, rangoli making, temple decoration and parties over food and arts. | Diwali Images





Many towns organize community parades and fairs with parades or music and dance performances in parks. Some Hindus, Jains and Sikhs send Diwali greeting cards to loved ones near and far during the festive season, occasionally with boxes of Indian confectionery. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

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Regional practices and rituals vary significantly. Diwali is a post-harvest celebration, marking the abundance created by the monsoon crop on the Indian subcontinent. Depending on the region, the celebrations include prayers before one or more Hindu deities, with the most common being Lakshmi. According to David Kinsley – an Indologist and a scholar of goddess-related Indian religious traditions, Lakshmi symbolizes three themes: wealth and prosperity, fertility and abundant crops, as well as good fortune. The merchant community seeks Lakshmi’s blessings in all their ventures. They ritually close their account year and worship their tools of trade such as the new account book. The fertility motifs appear in the agricultural offerings before Lakshmi by farming families, who thank her for what the recent harvests and seek her blessings for prosperous future crops. | Diwali Images

A symbolic piece of the traditional fertilizer, a dried piece of cow dung, is included in the ensemble in Odisha and Deccan region villages, which states Kinsley is an agricultural motif. Another aspect of the festival is remembering the ancestors, particularly any recently dead family members. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

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Rituals and preparations for Diwali begin days or weeks in advance, typically after the festival of Dusshera that precedes Diwali by about 20 days. The festival formally begins two days before the night of Diwali, and ends two days thereafter. Each day has the following rituals and significance: 

Dhanteras (Day 1)

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Dhanteras starts off the Diwali celebrations with the lighting of diyalamp (left) rows, house cleaning and floor rangoli (right).

Dhanteras, also referred to as Dhanatrayodashi or Yamatrayodashi, starts off the five day Diwali festival. Dhanteras is derived from Dhan (wealth) and teras (thirteenth), and it marks the thirteenth day of the Kartik month’s dark fortnight. | Diwali Images

Many Hindus clean, renovate and decorate their houses and business premises, either on or by Dhanteras. Little oil earthen lamps called diyas are ritually lit up near Lakshmi and Ganesha iconography and kept illuminated over the next five nights. Women and children decorate entrances with Rangolicreative colourful floor designs made of rice floor, flower petals and colored sand – both inside and in the walkways of their homes or offices. Boys and men decorate the roofs and walls with lights of family homes, markets and temples starting on this day. The day also marks a major shopping day to purchase new utensils, home equipment, jewelry, firecrackers and other items. | Diwali Wishes

On the evening of Dhanteras, families pray (puja) before the Lakshmi and Ganesha icons, with offerings such as puffed rice, candy toys, rice cakes and batashas (hollow sugar cakes). Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Images

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According to Tracy Pintchman, Dhanteras signifies themes of annual renewal, cleansing and auspicious beginning for the next year. The term “Dhan” for this day also connotes the Ayurvedic icon Dhanvantari, who is believed to have emerged from the “churning of cosmic ocean” on the same day as Lakshmi.Dhanvantari symbolizes healing and health. Some communities, such as those particularly active in Ayurvedic and health-related professions, pray or perform havan rituals to Dhanvantari on the Dhanteras. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

Choti Diwali, Naraka Chaturdasi (Day 2)

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Choti Diwali is the major shopping day for festive mithai (sweets)




Choti Diwali, also known as Naraka Chaturdasi, is the second day of festivities. The term “choti” means little, while “Naraka” means hell and “Chaturdasi” means “fourteenth”. This day is observed on the fourteenth day of the second fortnight of the lunar month. The day and its rituals are interpreted as ways to liberate any souls from their suffering in “Naraka” or hell, as well as a reminder of spiritual auspiciousness. For some Hindus, it is a day to pray for the peace to the manes, or deified souls of one’s ancestors and light their way for their journeys in the cyclic afterlife. | Diwali Images

A mythological interpretation of this festive day is the destruction of the asura (demon) Narakasura by Krishna, a victory that frees 16,000 imprisoned princesses kidnapped by Narakasura. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

It is also a major day for purchasing festive foods, particularly sweets. A vast variety of sweets are prepared from flour, semolina, rice, chickpea flour, dry fruit pieces powders or paste, milk solids (mawa or khoya) and clarified butter (ghee). These are, states Goldstein, then shaped into a profusion of different forms such as laddus, barfis, halvah, kachoris, shrikhand, sandesh, rolled and stuffed delicacies, maladu, susiyam, pottukadalai and others. | Diwali Images

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Sometimes these are wrapped with edible silver foil (vark). Confectioners and shops create appealing Diwali-themed decorative displays, sell these in large quantities, while people stock them up for their home celebrations, to welcome guests and as gifts. Families also prepare homemade delicacies for the main Diwali day. The Choti Diwali is also a day of visiting friends, business associates and relatives, giving them gifts such as sweets. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

This day is commonly celebrated as Diwali in Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka. Some South Indian Hindus get an oil massage and then take a ritual bath. Many visit their favorite Hindu temple. | Diwali Images

Main Diwali, Lakshmi Puja (Day 3)

The third day is the main and the most important festive day. It is the last day of the dark fortnight of the lunar month. This is the day when Hindu, Jain and Sikh temples and homes glow in countless little lights, thereby making it the “festival of lights”Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

The youngsters in the family visit the elders such as grandparents and other senior members of the community. Small business owners give gifts or special bonus payments to their employees between Dhanteras and Diwali. Shops either do not open or close early on the main Diwali day to allow everyone to enjoy family time. Shopkeepers and small operations perform puja rituals in their office premises. Unlike some other festivals, the Hindu typically do not fast on Diwali, rather they feast and share the bounties of the season at their workplaces, community centers, temples and homes. | Diwali Images

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Lighting candle and clay lamp in their house and at temples during Diwali night

As the evening approaches, people wear new clothes or their best outfits. Teenage girls and women wear saris and jewelry. Then, family members join for the Lakshmi puja at dusk. Some offer prayers to additional deities such as Ganesha, Saraswati, Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman, or Kubera. The lamps from the puja ceremony are then used to light up more earthenware lamps, and these are placed in rows along the parapets of temples and houses.Some set diyas adrift on rivers and streams. After the puja, people go outside and celebrate by lighting up patakhe (fireworks) together and then share a family feast, conversations and mithai (sweets, desserts). | Diwali Wishes



The puja and rituals in the Bengali Hindu community is not around Lakshmi, but focused on the goddess of war Kali. According to Rachel Fell McDermott – a scholar of South Asian studies particularly related to Bengal, while the Durga puja is the focus on the Navaratri (Dussehra elsewhere in India) in Bengal, its fitting pair is the focus on goddess Kali puja on Diwali. | Diwali Images

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These two festivals likely developed in tandem over their recent histories, states McDermott. The textual evidence suggests that Bengali Hindus worshipped Lakshmi before the colonial era, and the Kali puja is a more recent phenomenon. The contemporary Bengali celebrations mirror those found elsewhere, such as teenaged boys playing with fireworks, festive foods, family bonding and the rest but with the Shaktism goddess Kali as the focus. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

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A child playing with phuljhari on Diwali.

The rituals associated in much of India on the main Diwali night centers around Lakshmi. She is welcomed into people’s clean homes with lit up paths, midst hopes of a prosperous and happy year ahead. The cleaning, whitewashing or painting the house is in part for goddess Lakshmi, yet it also signifies the ritual “reenactment of the cleansing, purifying action of the monsoon rains” that have concluded in most of the Indian subcontinent. Vaishnava families recite Hindu legends of the victory of good over evil and the return of hope after despair on the Diwali night, where the main characters may include Rama, Krishna, Vamana or one of the avatars of Vishnu – the divine husband of Lakshmi.At dusk, lamps placed earlier in the inside and outside of the home are lit up to welcome Lakshmi. | Diwali Images

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Family members light up firecrackers, which some interpret as a way to ward off all that is bad such as evil spirits and the inauspicious, as well as add to the festive mood. This ritual, states Pintchman quoting Raghavan, may also be linked to the tradition in some communities of paying respect to ancestors. Earlier in the season’s fortnight, some welcome their ancestor’s souls to join the entire family for the festivities with the Mahalaya. The Diwali night’s lights and firecrackers, in this interpretation, represent a celebratory and symbolic goodbye to the departed ancestral souls. Diwali Images And Wishes | Diwali Wishes

The celebrations and rituals of the Jains and the Sikhs are similar to those of the Hindus where social and community bonds are renewed. Major temples and homes are decorated with lights, festive foods shared with all, friends and relatives remembered and visited with gifts. | Diwali Images

Annakut, Balipratipada, Padwa, Govardhan puja (Day 4)

The day after Diwali is the first day of the bright fortnight of the luni-solar calendar. It is regionally called as Annakut (heap of grain), Padwa, Goverdhan puja, Bali Pratipada, Bali Padyani, Kartik Shukla Pratipada and other names. According to one tradition, the day is rationalized with the story of Bali’s defeat by Vishnu. In another interpretation, it is considered to reflect the legend of Parvati and her husband Shiva spending time together, playing the game of dyuta (dice) on a board of twelve squares and thirty pieces. Parvati wins and Shiva literally loses his shirt and all adornments to her, and she makes her husband go naked. | Diwali Wishes



According to Handelman and Shulman, quotes Pintchman, this legend is a Hindu metaphor for the cosmic process for creation and dissolution of the world through the masculine and feminine, where the twelve reflects the number of months in the cyclic year, while thirty are the number of days in its lunisolar month. The male Shiva reflects the destructive powers, while the female Parvati the procreative powers, each dependent on the other. | Diwali Images

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Diwali Images And Wishes
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Annakut community meals (left), Krishna holding Govardhan ritually made from cow dung, rice and flowers (right).

This day ritually celebrates the love and mutual devotion between the wife and husband. In some Hindu communities, husbands give thoughtful gifts to their spouses. In other regions, parents invite their newly married daughter or son with their spouses to a festive meal and give them gifts. | Diwali Wishes

In some rural communities of the north, west and central regions, the fourth day is celebrated as Govardhan puja. This remembers the legend of Hindu god Krishna saving the cowherd and farming communities from incessant rains and floods triggered by Indra’s anger. Krishna does so by lifting the Govardhan mountain, and the ritual practice to build some mountain like miniatures from cow dung. According to Kinsley, this ritual surrounding the traditional cow dung fertilizer is an agricultural motif and a celebration of its significance to annual crop cycles. | Diwali Wishes

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The agricultural motif is also observed on this day by many Hindus as Annakut, literally “mountain of food”. The communities prepare over one hundred varieties of meal items from a vast array of ingredients, dedicate it to Krishna before sharing the abundance together. Hindu temples on this day prepare and present “mountains of sweets” to the faithful who throng them for a darshan (visit). In Gujarat, it is the new year day and people buy supplies of essentials such as salt calling it sabras (literally, “good things in life”) along with remembering Krishna and visiting temples. | Diwali Images

Bhai Duj, Bhaiya Dooj, Bhau-beej (Day 5)

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A sister ritually feeding her brother on Bhai Duj-Diwali (left), a lighted rangoli (right)

The last day of the festival is called Bhai duj (literally “brother’s day”) or Bhai tilak. It celebrates the sister-brother bond, in a spirit similar to Raksha Bandhan but where the brother travels to meet the sister and her family. The festive day is interpreted by some to symbolize Yama’s sister Yamuna welcoming Yama with a tilaka, by others as the arrival of Krishna to his sister Subhadra’s place after defeating Narakasura. Subhadra welcomes him with a tilaka on his forehead. | Diwali Wishes

The day ritually emphasizes the love and lifelong bond between siblings. It is a day when women and girls get together, perform a puja with prayers for the well being of their brothers, then return to a ritual of feeding their brothers with their hands and receiving gifts. According to Pintchman, in some Hindu traditions, the women recite tales where sisters protect their brothers from enemies that seek to cause him either bodily or spiritual harm. In historic times, this was a day in autumn when brothers would travel to meet their sisters, or bring over their sister’s family to their village homes to celebrate their sister-brother bond with the bounty of seasonal harvests. | Diwali Images

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The artisan Hindu and Sikh community celebrates the fourth day as the Vishwakarma puja day. Vishwakarma is the presiding Hindu deity for all those in the architecture, building, manufacturing, textile work and crafts trade. The looms, tools of trade, machines and workplaces are cleaned and then prayers offered to these livelihood means. | Diwali Wishes




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