Historum - History Forums  

Go Back   Historum - History Forums > World History Forum > Asian History
Register Forums Blogs Social Groups Mark Forums Read

Asian History Asian History Forum - China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific Region


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old October 22nd, 2012, 10:52 PM   #1
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Dehradun
Posts: 1,936
Thumbs up Diwali - Festival of Lights


Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is perhaps the biggest festival celebrated in India. It is also celebrated in countries which have a substantial population of Indians/people of Indian origins/considerable Indian cultural influence.

Temples and Houses are decorated with earthen lamps and electric lights. People worship Gods like Lakshmi (wealth), Saraswati (knowledge), and Ganesha. They visit relatives and friends and exchange sweets (lots of varieties in India).

Folks booze out and gamble and there are a lot of fireworks around.

Last year I purchased some Made in China rice lights and decorated my home with him. I also purchased a kilogram of ghee (clarified butter - a bit expensive) and lit some earthen lamps (they look much better than electric lights, soothing for the eyes, but get extinguished due to wind), there were a few wax candles as well.

I pasted some stickers of the footprints of Goddess Lakshmi on the floor, happy to say it had a positive impact on my earnings. Made carrot halwa and gulab jamuns and shared some of it with my maternal uncle who lives nearby. Most of the fireworks, which were made in Sivakasi, were handed over to my nephew who is 11 now.

This year my family won't be celebrating Diwali as a close Paternal Uncle died earlier this year.

So have you ever celebrated Diwali. Would you be celebrating it this year. What are your thoughts on this beautiful Festival. Are there any similar Festivals in your culture.

Click the image to open in full size.

This year Diwali would be on the 13th of November.

Last edited by Jhangora; October 23rd, 2012 at 12:02 AM.
Jhangora is offline  
Remove Ads
Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:52 AM   #2

The Imperial's Avatar
MentalManja
 
Joined: Nov 2010
From: 3rd rock from Sol
Posts: 4,252
Blog Entries: 1

Off-topic, but the 'fire-crackers' part of Diwali has to end.
The Imperial is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:56 AM   #3
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Sep 2012
From: varanasi uttar pradesh, india
Posts: 1,610

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Imperial View Post
Off-topic, but the 'fire-crackers' part of Diwali has to end.
But, that will kill all joy of Deewali atleast here in north .
avantivarman is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:17 AM   #4
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Dehradun
Posts: 1,936

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Imperial View Post
Off-topic, but the 'fire-crackers' part of Diwali has to end.
Quote:
Originally Posted by avantivarman View Post
But, that will kill all joy of Deewali at least here in north .
I understand that they cause noise and air pollution. However, our mere existence on the planet puts a lot of strain on Mother Earth. A bit of celebration doesn't hurt our spirits

Anyways, I don't really have the same fascination for them as I had growing up. Last year I blasted a few with my cigarette when my Nephew insisted I join in. I should have been careful, was drunk.

I don't have any data but their use seems to be declining, hope that satisfies you brother Imperial.
Jhangora is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 09:47 AM   #5

Jinit's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Jun 2012
From: India
Posts: 3,316
Blog Entries: 1

In Gujarat very next day after Diwali is celebrated as New year day. ie Diwali is the last day of the year. Does anybody know anyother state that celebrates Diwali and new year togather?
Jinit is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 09:50 AM   #6
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Sep 2012
From: varanasi uttar pradesh, india
Posts: 1,610

well, in Uttar Pradesh the next day of Diwali is treated as beginning of new accounting year by traditional baniyas , so same concept is there, i suppose.
avantivarman is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 10:10 AM   #7

Jinit's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Jun 2012
From: India
Posts: 3,316
Blog Entries: 1

No but in Gujarat it is celebrated as proper new year. Not only by the Business men but by every one else. Is that case with UP? IF not what is the new year in UP?
Jinit is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 10:14 AM   #8
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Dehradun
Posts: 1,936

Saka Samwat and Vikram Samwat new year begin in March/April I guess. Which calendar do you follow in Gujarat brother Jinit?

Diwali is known as Bagwal in Garhwali and there is a tradition of making a ball with splinters and gum from pine trees, tying it with a rope, lighting it, and then revolving it around the body. It is said to ward off the evil spirits. Saw it just once as a child in village. This tradition is not followed in the cities.

It would be interesting to know how Diwali is celebrated in different parts of India and abroad and what are some of the regional differences.
Jhangora is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 11:41 AM   #9

unclefred's Avatar
The Snub Nosed Truth
 
Joined: Dec 2010
From: Oregon coastal mountains
Posts: 6,301
Blog Entries: 32

Sounds great to me, we need more fun holidays where we can cut loose with friends.
unclefred is offline  
Old October 23rd, 2012, 11:48 AM   #10
Suspended indefinitely
 
Joined: Sep 2012
From: varanasi uttar pradesh, india
Posts: 1,610

Quote:
Originally Posted by unclefred View Post
Sounds great to me, we need more fun holidays where we can cut loose with friends.
In India you will always have holidays and I like it.

I think USA has got Diwali celebration attended by its president so great and real display of multiculturalism.

In Diwali, we eat and fire crackers a lot actually but I hate this festival turning into one based on chinese goods.
avantivarman is offline  
Reply

  Historum > World History Forum > Asian History

Tags
diwali, festivals


Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival? Jake10 Asian History 0 September 19th, 2011 04:49 PM
Brown Mountain lights Richard Stanbery American History 7 May 31st, 2011 10:05 AM

Copyright © 2006-2013 Historum. All rights reserved.