If you're not sure what Deepavali is really about or what goes on during this festival, our handy guide tells you everything you need to know!
When Deepavali comes around this year, no one will be able to miss it, thanks to the bright lights and vibrancy it brings to our little city-state.
But, do you know what Deepavali is really about? Or maybe you have been invited to a Deepavali party and you are not quite sure what is expected of you.
Not to worry, in this article we tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Festival of Lights!
Why is Deepavali celebrated?
Simply put, Deepavali is about the triumph of light over dark, or good over evil. Goodness, according to Hinduism refers to the inner light of higher knowledge which dispels the ignorance that masks one’s true nature. This true nature transcends the physical body. With this enlightenment comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things. Usually, the date for Diwali is put on the night of the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month. This year, it will be held on 10 November.
What do Hindus do to celebrate Deepavali?
The festival of lights is one of the most important occasions to Hindus and the celebrations on this day are both elaborate and colourful. Before the day comes around, Hindus give their homes and offices a thorough sprucing and some even renovate.
On the day itself, lamps are lit within the home, the family offers their prayers to Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and abundance). Hindus will rise early in the morning to take a ritual oil bath to remove impurities from their bodies. A feast and an exchange of gifts usually follows amongst family and close friends.
Many Hindus draw beautiful rangoli – traditional decorative patterns that are vibrant and colouful made with rice flour, often in the shape of lotus flowers – outside their homes to welcome their goddess into their homes.
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