The festival of Lights, Diwali is celebrated with splendor all over India. However, there are regional divergences in the rituals and celebrations. In North India, the celebrations start at Dussehra. There are many legends and customs related to this festival. The things which are common to all is cleaning, decorating and lighting of homes and properties. Fireworks will scare away evils are also will abandon them, which makes it a popular festival for children.
What are Diwali Traditions of North India?
In North India, the celebrations of Diwali long for five days. It begins with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. Lakshmi Pooja is an important event, performed on actual Diwali. North Indians revere the Diwali as the home returning of Rama, after fourteen years of exile after his victory over Ravana. Thus, Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness.
In North India, temporary stages are arranged to perform Ramleela, a dramatic interpretation of the tale of Ramayan in the evenings for several days. Gambling with cards reaches to the peaks in the night of the Diwali in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Although Sikhs do not celebrate Diwali traditionally, they do visit Gurudwara in the evening and burst fireworks. Lakshmi Pooja holds a special importance on the day of Diwali. The houses are cleaned and decorated with diyas and rangoli in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, whose blessings bring wealth and prosperity.
Five days Diwali Celebrations in North India:
The first day is Dhanteras, people consider that it is auspicious to purchase gold, silver or utensils. The second day is Naraka Chaturdasi, people clean their houses, properties and streets and decorate with lamps. Actual Diwali is on the third day, Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi this day. The fourth day as Govardhan Pooja, they worship Mountain Govardhan on this day. And the fifth day as Bhai Dooj, dedicated to the brother and sister bonding. On Diwali, people prepare special dishes like patanads with flour and eat them with jaggery powder and ghee. They make Poha is with beaten rice. And prepare Askloo with rice flour and eaten with chutney or ghee shakkar. Celebrations of Diwali brings hope, purpose and meaning in the people’s lives. People celebrate it with a great job.