The Deepavali celebration in India has a long history as it is celebrated all over India symbolizing triumph over darkness. In North India, Diwali is celebrated to honor the victory of Lord Rama over King Ravana and his return back home after 14 years of exile. In South Indian traditions, it marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura and in the eastern states, especially in West Bengal, it is the day when furious Goddess Kali defeated the demon Bakasura.
Regardless of the reasons that Indians are celebrating Deepavali, most of the traditions of Diwali across the country stay the same. With all that being said, here are some of the yearly traditions that the Hindu religion do to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.
Cleaning the house
Much before Diwali, it is time to discard unwanted items, clean and at the same time repaint or refurbish homes depending on the budget. The explanation behind this is that the Goddess Lakshmi will grace those homes that are absolutely clean. Additionally, many will also decorate their homes with strings of lights, streamers ribbons, etc. Using colored powders or flower petals, colorful rangolis are always drawn at the doorways.
There are always many options for sweet delicacies in the market, people will still prepare a lot of mithais and savouries at the same time. Sev, Gujiya, Farsan, Chivda, various laddoos, barfi etc. Different regions have different specialities which are made and then distributed to immediate family and relatives and those visiting the house on this occasion.
Diwali seems like one of the most biggest shopping festivals especially in Malaysia since it is really auspicious for buying new things. On the first day of Dantheras, it is considered good to buy gold and silver coins as well as jewellery. Kitchenware like utensils are also considered to be a good buy on this occasion. Electronics, gadgets, furniture , clothes etc people do buy for themselves including for gifting purposes. Furthermore, it is also a good time to invest in new property in vehicles too which are big in demand during the season.
Lighting up the house
Houses are illuminated to invite the goddess of good fortune, Goddess Laxmi into one’s home. The way to do it is to light up the hand made earthen lamps with oil. Placed on window sills, doorways, they will add a glittering light to the darkest corners of the house.
In order to celebrate the victory of good over evil, the most joyous tradition is to burst firecrackers. Numerous sparkles of noise free firecrackers light up the sky and those that are making sound go through the night. It is believed that the sound of light and firecrackers help to repel evil spirits.