Diwali festival as Hindu New Year in India
Some people celebrate Diwali festival as Hindu New Year in India. Marwari, Gujarati, and Nepalis will celebrate the beginning of Diwali Festival as New Year Festival.
They perform Diwali Pooja and will worship Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity on this day. Accordingly, all the Diwali New Year celebrations will take place. However. there is a custom of wearing new garments, exchanging Diwali wishes and gifts on Diwali New year. On Diwali New Year, business people open new account books.
Why is Diwali festival as Hindu New Year in India
Deepavali, the festival of lights people celebrate considering the Diwali lights will dispel the way the darkness from the lives. It gives a new ray of hope for wellness, knowledge, and prosperity. Diwali festival celebrations begin by cleaning and whitewashing the houses. People draw decorative colorful rangoli in the houses. and also light up diyas in the houses and business places. They wear new clothes, family members and relatives gather together and offer prayers.
Traditions of Diwali festival as Hindu New Year in India:
In the evening people will perform Diwali Pooja at an auspicious time. The Pooja begins by worshipping Lord Ganesha. Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi in three forms, Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati, and Mahakali. Mahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Mahasaraswati is the goddess of knowledge and Mahakali is the goddess of goodness. Later they offer Aarti and Bhog and distribute Prashad among family members and friends.
Celebrations of Hindu New year:
The celebration of Diwali festival has its own importance in maintaining the love between brothers and sisters, as in present world when pressing everyday problems are tapering down our relationships. In addition, Deepavali is the day of gift-giving, food-sharing, and best-wishing. As a whole Diwali is a festival with more social than religious intentions. It is more of personal, people-point Diwali than anything else when ill wills are forgotten, relatives and friends meet and will have fun.