Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

In India, Diwali is one of the festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm. It isn’t only a festival of lights but also a festival of sweets. The celebration of Diwali isn’t limited to India; in fact, Indians who stay abroad never forget to celebrate this festival. Diwali is a huge festival, and so are its traditions and rituals. Image source: bollywoodshaadis.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

The preparations of Diwali start in advance. People clean and paint their houses. It’s a way of welcoming goddess Lakshmi to your house. Image source: redbucketcleaning.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

Dhanteras is supposed to be the first day of Diwali. On this day, people decorate their houses and light diyas. It’s considered auspicious to buy gold and silver on this day. People even buy new utensils on this day. Image source: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

In many parts of the country, people make ubtan (scrub) of oil and mustard seeds. It’s a tradition to apply this scrub on the body and then bathe. The bursting of crackers starts by the second day of Diwali. The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdashi. Image source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

The third day of Diwali is the main day of the festival. On this day, people make special rangolis, decorate their houses with colourful lights and wear new clothes. Diwali is incomplete without doing a pooja at night. After the pooja, people distribute sweets to their neighbours and wish each other, “Happy Diwali!” Children burst crackers and enjoy the festival. Image source: kolamdesigns.in

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

The fourth day of Diwali is known as Diwali Padva. The day is dedicated to the husband–wife relationship. Image source: static.drikpanchang.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

The fifth and the last day of Diwali is celebrated as Bhau Beej. The day is dedicated to the brother–sister bond. Image source: lookingatfrema.typepad.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali

The festivities of Diwali aren’t just limited to crackers and sweets. Various melas and similar events are organised for people. Image source: 4.bp.blogspot.com

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Traditions and Rituals of Diwali
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