5 Powerful Lessons to Learn from Diwali
What is Diwali and why is it celebrated?
Diwali, also known as Deepavali is one of the major religious festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Newar Buddhists across the world. The word ‘Diwali’ is derived from the words ‘deepa’ which means ‘lamp’ and ‘avali’ which means ‘row’. Thus, the name represents all the clay lamps which are lighted in a row during Diwali, outside homes, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom – Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, after 14 years of exile and defeating ‘Ravana’ in Lanka. So, the people of ‘Ayodhya’ lit the city brightly with lamps and burnt crackers to celebrate the return of Rama, Sita and Lakshmana. In some regions of India, Diwali is celebrated to mark the birth of Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that the Goddess was born on this day during the churning of Samudra Manthan.
The five days of DiwaliDiwali is celebrated for 5 days during the Hindu lunisolar month – ‘Karthika maasam’, which is from mid-October to mid-November. It is celebrated twenty days after Vijayadashami, with each day having its own significance as follows:
Day 1: Dhanteras
On the first day, people clean and decorate their homes with rangolis. Goddess Lakshmi, who is considered as the Goddess of wealth, is worshipped on this day.
Day 2: Naraka Chaturdashi
This day is also known as ‘Choti Diwali’ and people usually start the day by waking up early and applying fragrant oils before taking a shower. People also light diyas and burst crackers on this day.
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja
The third day is the most important day and is considered as the darkest night of the traditional month. Goddess Lakshmi is the main deity worshipped during the puja on this day. People light diyas all over their homes, burst crackers, distribute sweets, and exchange gifts.
Day 4: Govardhan Puja
On this day, people make hillocks made from cow dung and worship them, since it is believed that Lord Krishna won the battle against Indra by lifting the huge Goverdhan mountain.
Day 5: Bhai Dhooj
This day is also known as ‘Yama Dwitiya’ or ‘Bhai Tika’ and celebrates the unconditional bond of love between a brother and a sister.
5 Powerful Lessons to Learn from Diwali
Good will always triumph over evil - Sometimes, life can get overwhelming, and make it seem like the challenges which we face are more powerful than us. It is important during those times to remember not to lose hope and that good always wins over evil. With good intentions in your heart, you will always find a way to win over any obstacle in life. Spirituality constantly reminds us to believe that things can be different.
Keep your inner light burning - Just like the diyas, keep your inner light burning. There will be failures in life, but never get demotivated. Shine light on your strengths, beliefs, talents, passion, and morals. Never quit and always keep trying to succeed
Remove negativity to pave way for positivity in your life - Negativity limits our potential in achieving something better in our lives. Negativity begets negativity and this is true. We need to learn how to limit our negative thoughts by cultivating the habit of positive thinking. Exercising, meditating, and surrounding yourself with positive people will keep you aligned with the thoughts that lead to a path of positivity.
Sharing is caring - During Diwali, people celebrate by distributing clothes, sharing traditional food, and distributing sweets among friends and family members. This adds a lot of joy and positivity in the air. This festival is an important reminder for us to develop the habit of sharing and helping people when they are in need. Sharing invokes gratitude and gratitude invokes joy.
- New Day, New Beginning - Diwali reminds us that it is never too late to start something different and make a new beginning. Each day is a new opportunity and there is always a chance to do something different. Be brave and take that step which might change your life!
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