Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights, celebrated in India and by all India with grandeur and jubilation. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. People celebrate by offering prayers to Almighty God and by lighting lamps all around the house. Lamps are believed to bring Divine Energy and auspiciousness home driving negative energy. People greet each other, share gifts and sweets.
It was a moment of joy for me, when I found a hand-made Diwali greeting card in my daughter’s School Bag where she returned from School. I thank her Teacher for this initiative. This made me so happy and feel so special. Happy Diwali Everyone.
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Vijaya Dashami is celebrated on the 10th day of Navratri or Durha Puja.The festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Goddess Durga.
Durga Puja is a Hindu festival of Mother Goddess, celebrated with enthusiasm, devotion and passion. The festival is celebrated for 10 days during the season of Autumn with grandeur, gaiety and splendor. The grand celebration of the festival of Durga Puja can be seen in the state of West Bengal and also the rest of India. The festival is also known as Dusshera and Navratri. In Bengal it is known as ‘Durga Puja’. Bengalee speaking people all over the World gather together to celebrate this annual festival where ever in the World, they might be. It is a time of getting emotionally attached with one’s community and traditions.
The festival of Durga Puja in Bengal is not just a religious festival It is more about social gathering shedding off the barriers of caste, creed, religion and colour. All are equal in this festival. The festival belongs to everyone. The most significant aspect of this festival is that it is a community festival where the entire community gathers together to reconnect with each other and spread the message of equality and brotherhood.
The city of Kolkata and also all other parts of India decks up with magnificent pandals, beautifully and artistically crafted idols of Goddess Durga, chanting of hymns by the priests, loud music, bright lights and ofcourse the wide display of various food talls complete the picture of fanfare. The idols of Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Sarawati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya are made with clay. It takes nearly 6 months for the artisans to complete the idols giving them the shape and expressions as prescribed in the hindu scriptures.
The season of autumn brings with it, the fragnance of Durga Puja. People forget all their agonies, worries and qualms to surrender themselves completely on the feet of Mother Goddess seeking her blessings.
Every year 17th September marks the day to celebrate Vishwakarma Puja. Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the God of Architecture and Engineering in Hinduism. It is grandly celebrated in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. This day, all technical professionals take a day off to worship Lord Vishwakarma and their tools.
Lord Vishwakarma is regarded as the presiding deity of all technicians, craftsmen, architects and mechanics. On this day, he is worshipped by all professionals who consider their tools to be their source of bread and butter. They worship their tools and seek the blessings of Lord Vishwakarma. They seek divine blessings for increasing their creativity and productivity which will lead them to attain perfection and prosperity
Hastinapur, Indraprastha and Dwarka: In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Vishwakarma is the designer and architect of this whole Universe. In the great epic poem Mahabharata, Lord Vishwakarma is credited for building the mythological cities of Hastinapur and Indraprastha,. The mythological city of ‘Dwarka’, [in the state of Gujarat in India] which is the abode of Lord Krishna, is also believed to be built by Lord Vishwakarma.
The GoldenPalace of Lanka: In the epic poem Ramayana, we come across King Ravana and his palace made of Gold in Lanka [Sri Lanka]. There is a mythological story behind the Golden Palace of Lanka. In Hinduism, it is believed that Lord Shiva had requested Lord Vishwakarma to construct a Palace for him and his wife, Goddess Parvati. After the construction was complete, Lord Shiva invited King Ravana to perform the rituals of house warming.After the completion of rituals, Lord Shiva was pleased with King Ravana’s performance and asked him to demand anything as gift. The very wise King Ravana was so mesmerized with the beauty of the GoldenPalace that he asked Lord Shiva to give him the GoldenPalace as a gift. This is how; King Ravana got possession of the GoldenTemple at Lanka.
The festival “Onam” is celebrated in the state of Kerala in India and by Keralites living all around the World. It is the most famous and biggest festival in Kerala. The most interesting fact about Onam is that it is a social festival. It is celebrated by the people of kerala irrespective of one’s religious background. It is a celebration of 10 days in the coastal state of Kerala.
The festival marks the end of rainy season and nature is dressed in its best with flowers of varied colours ,fruits and other agricultural crops. The main attraction of Onam is the display of huge flower-carpets which is an arrangement of flowers and it looks like a rangoli, in the courtyard of every house. These are known as “Pookalam” in Malayalam. Usually, youngsters gather together in collecting flowers and arrange flowers in a well designed layout. It is a celebration of nature’s bounty in the form of flowers of different hue. In other words, it can also be called as a ‘harvest festival’.
There is a legend associated with the festival of Onam. Kerala was once ruled by King Mahabali and during the reign of King Mahabali, there was prosperity and abundance in the state. It is believed that the spirit of King Mahabali comes to “God’s own Country” every year to ensure that the people are living happily. As his spirit moves around, the glimpse of “flower-carpets” or “Pookalams” outside every house indicates that the people are all living in happiness and prosperity. People displays huge and colourful “Pookalams” to attract the attention of the King and to Welcome him to bless the house.
People celebrate the festival of Onam with great enthusiasm and happiness. People wear new clothes and children are given gifts. People prefer to dress up in traditional attire. As it is a harvest festival, the dishes prepared to celebrate “Onam” are grand and traditional. A special lunch is prepared and is served on banana leaves. It is known as “Onasadhya”. The “Onasadhya” is complete with nearly 15 very delicious vegetarian dishes. All the dishes are served on the banana leaves in a creative manner which gives it a colourful and appetizing look. The traditional manner of serving of serving one item after the other is strictly followed.
The grand festival of “Onam” is celebrated in grandeur and merriment in Kerala and by the people of Kerala living all over the World. “Onam” is unique in many ways. It is a celebration of nature’s bounty and thanks-giving to God. The festival also marks the love for one’s culture, traditions and values. Above all, “Onam” brings people together and spreads the message of unity and brotherhood.