Diwali Celebration Rajasthan 2021 A five-day festival, Diwali is celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama with Sita and Laxmana after a long exile of 14 years. Translated literally from Sanskrit, Diwali means a row of lights; diyas were first lit by the people of Ayodhya to welcome their King, Rama, after defeating Ravana. Some people in India also believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.
In most of the regions, Lord Ganesha, who is the god of wisdom and auspiciousness is worshiped on the day of Diwali. Diwali marks the anniversary of Nirvana or liberation of Mahavira’s soul in Jainism. In West Bengal, Diwali is celebrated to worship goddess Kali, who is the goddess of Shakti, means power and energy.
How Diwali is celebrated
Just as the legends of Diwali differ from region to region so, too, do the holiday’s rituals. What most have in common, though, are the abundance of sweets, family gatherings, and the lighting of clay lamps that symbolize the inner light that protects each household from spiritual darkness.
But generally, each of the five days of Diwali has its own significance. On the first day of Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakshmi, bake sweets, and clean their homes—which they decorate the next day with lamps and rangolis, designs made on the floor out of colored sand, powder, rice or flower petals.
Diwali’s third day is its most important: On this day, people may go to temple to honor Lakshmi or gather with friends and family for feasts and fireworks. Devotees also set ablaze the lamps they had displayed the day before.
For many celebrants, the fourth day of Diwali marks the new year and a time to exchange gifts and well wishes. Finally, the fifth day is typically a day to honor one’s siblings.
Over the years, Diwali has become India’s biggest holiday season—rivaling Thanksgiving or Christmas in the United States. Shoppers take advantage of the sales and communities across India and across its diaspora host small fairs. Fireworks are also a major part of the celebrations, particularly in New Delhi where they are often criticized for causing spikes in the city’s notoriously bad pollution.
This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic is upending these celebrations. Some temples will be streaming services online, while family gatherings will be more intimate than usual—if they happen at all. Meanwhile, New Delhi has banned the use of firecrackers this year in hopes to mitigate the harmful effect of air pollution on human respiratory systems, which are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic. And, in the U.S., cities from New York to San Antonio are moving their Diwali festivals online.
While the shadow cast by the coronavirus will make this a bittersweet Diwali for many of those marking the holiday, they may be able to derive comfort from the spirit of the holiday—the belief that, eventually, light will triumph over darkness.
Diwali Celebrations in Rajasthan
Shops filled with colorful lighting, homes lighted with diyas, rangolis with various designs all around, scent of flowers; this is what one can see in Rajasthan during Diwali. Also known as Deepawali is the most important festival of Hindus in India and it is celebrated by every Indian with so much of fun and devotion. This year plan your trip to Rajasthan during Diwali and enjoy the Rajasthan tour packages. This tour enables you to experience the culture and traditions of Rajasthan deeply and closely.
Diwali is not one-day festival. People start planning for celebrating this festival prior one month. Though officially, it is a 5-day festival where each day has some importance. It starts with Dhanteras followed by Chhoti Diwali, Badi Diwali, Padwa and Bhaiduj. For continuous 5 days, colors, lights, diyas, rangoli, shopping, sweets, and scrumptious dishes are enjoyed.
During Diwali, Jaisalmer becomes magical with colors and shimmers. The city shines brightly with firecrackers, lights, diyas and sweets. In the Sam Sand Dunes, people enjoy stay and have fun with music, dance, camels and sand dunes. On the evening of Diwali, a parade marching through the city can be witnessed.
Jaipur looks just wow during Diwali. The way it is decorated with lights is worth watching for every tourist. The glittering bazaars are filled with lights and many offers to attract the customers. There is a Diwali Carnival which is an exhibition running for a week where several shopkeepers gather to create a perfect arena for shopaholics. After celebrating Diwali in Jaipur, you can enjoy the Rajasthan tour packages from Jaipur. You can also visit the Nahargarh Fort at the top of the hills of Jaipur to see the panoramas of gleaming Jaipur.
Pushkar is as usual a peaceful place even during Diwali. This city is a perfect place for those who wants to relax and stay away from noise pollution and hustle-bustle of the city life. The Pushkar Lake is a major attraction to see this time when it is illuminated with diyas. Also, the homes and streets are lighted and geared up for Diwali celebrations. All the cities are getting for Diwali at this time Pushkar gets busy in getting it prepared for upcoming Pushkar fair which is just after 15 days of Diwali. This fair is the largest cattle fair in the world. Several competitions and contests can be enjoyed during this time. It is an ideal time to catch the glimpses of royalty and grandeur of Rajasthan and get connect with its culture and traditions by booking Rajasthan travel packages.
Just like other cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur is also filled with lights and diyas at every home and street. The City Palace looks beautiful and charming with the illuminating lights. In the evening, people reach at the lakes to float the diywas in the water of a lake. The views are mesmerizing when thousands of diyas float in water.
People celebrate Diwali by exchanging gifts and sweets with other families and friends. Younger ones seek blessings from their elder ones. Locals wear traditional attire on this day and adorn themselves with gold and silver ornaments. The best way to witness Diwali celebration is by staying with a local family to get a deep insight of this festival.