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Festival of lights in India – All the fun!

Section: Tourism | and in subsections: India. New Year’s Day. | Author-compiler of the article: Lev Aleksandrovich the Dock

Continue Tourism section and subsection of India article, the Festival of lights in India . Where will tell about how it is celebrated in India the New Year. because soon and we planned this holiday by the Way, in India, in 2011, new year fire festival is celebrated from the 26th of October.

The festival of lights in India called Diwali . or Deepavali . The main attribute, the symbol of the holiday everywhere one — ancient oil lamp from clay, called “dia” or “dip”. He poluchil its name Diwali or Deepavali (Deepa — fire), thattranslated from Sanskrit means “ bunch of fire “, ” number of lights “. This day is also called the Feast and the festival of lights. By the way, we have already encountered one unusual Indian festival — a celebration of elephants in India. But do not be distracted and continue.

Diwali — is one of the oldest holidays and is celebrated more than 7 000 years. This bright holiday is not only famous in India but also abroad — in Japan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma). That is, more than one billion people in India and enjoys not only celebrates the festival of Diwali. Its special atmosphere is cheerful and the expectations of the wishes he reminds our New year. Traditionally, Diwali — and even the new year on the Hindu calendar, tied to the lunar cycle (in some areas of the country).

During the holiday everywhere observed a number of traditions — the Hindus wear new clothes (before the hosts were thrown away after their morning bath, old clothes and even jewelry — to pick up and use the poor), put in order your own house, decorate it with the threshold floral garlands of calendula and other flowers, and at the entrance put a lit oil lamps.

In addition, according to the ancient Vedic tradition, the need to refrain from the five major vices — lust, anger, greed, attachment and so-called ego, which generally means the purification of their thoughts, words and actions. By the way, the garland of calendula (marigolds, Tagetes) — is one of the symbols of the festival of fire in India. Probably not in vain — painfully calendula flowers of fire.

Diwali marks the end of harvest season, the end of the rainy season and beginning of winter, therefore, also dedicated to the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu. Diwali is celebrated by Muslims that marks the arrival of Lakshmi lights and playing cards and dice . — after all, Lakshmi brings good luck.

In other cases, houses are thoroughly cleaned, all the lights are lit it is because the Goddess doesn’t like the dark, turning to her with a prayer, bring her milk, which lowered the coins, and at night leave doors and Windows open, so that it was easier to get into the house. Roughly serve the same purpose garlands of flowers — because, as you know, women love flowers

General appearance the idea of the festival of fire is as follows: the air is noisy explosions of rockets, firecrackers and sparklers. The streets, the statues of the gods are decorated with glowing lanterns and candles. General internal idea of the festival of lights . in the middle of autumn the nature is experiencing a state of waiting for winter. It’s dark, damp and cold. But there is still the longest night. But all this can be overcome if to keep a particle of sunlight to Shine to others, to help others, to be sensitive and attentive.

On this day people wear new clothes and jewelry, use a new cookware to give gifts and to walk in guests. According to legend, the more light and fire in this celebration, the more grace, prosperity, success, happiness, prosperity, wealth and abundance will be next year in the house.

The celebration of Diwali — not just a new year . it also means the triumph of truth over falsehood, defeat evil with good, the victory of light over darkness and symbolizes Duchovny the path from ignorance to knowledge. In addition, Deepavali signifies a new beginning, so it is believed that all undertakings will be successful.

The festival of lights in India is celebrated in the month of Kartik (October-November) and falls on the new moon of Kartik month (commencing on the thirteenth lunar day) and is celebrated for five days. According to the legend, the beginning of the celebration of Diwali is associated with the return of Prince Rama after a 14 year exile in the forest and his victory over the demon Ravana. The residents of Ayodhya (the capital of his Kingdom) welcomed Rama by fire lamps.

And now that’s why the streets of large cities, and townships during Diwali after dark illuminated with thousands of lights: front of houses and in the temples lit many oil lamps; bright lights are lit on the terraces, roofs, balconies and trees; the water drained clay cups with lighted lights; around numerous fireworks and sparklers.

In fact, the actual festival of lights — this is the third day of Diwali, in fact, the new moon, the darkest night. But nevertheless, the lights are lit, and people having fun all five days of the festival.

By the way, we should not think that the Indians — dense and superstitious people, has buried in old traditions. First, and on our New Year, loud firecrackers explode. And secondly, nobody said that in honor of the gods cannot squib “Osama bin Laden” or bomb Bush.

So, on the local market periodically firecrackers not only befitted the occasion with images of Hindu gods, but also with topical subjects. In one of the holidays of fire the most marketable commodity was “the international terrorist number one”. Average price for packing “Moustache” was worth one thousand eight hundred Indian rupees. It burns in the air for almost seven minutes. “bomb the Bush” — a little cheaper. Next in popularity is followed by “fire” local politicians and so on.

Whatever it was, walking through the streets of cities and capturing all segments of the population, holiday blurs the boundaries inter-caste, inter-religious and inter-ethnic differences. This is what makes the festival one of the most important events of the year.

For example, the festival of fire in the autumn of characteristic not only for Eastern people, but also for Western. For example, in Waldorf schools celebrate the Feast of lanterns — similar in spirit to the event that takes place in a time like that, one night the end of October — beginning of November.

Thus, the festival of lights in India — is not only a beautiful external form, but also a deep, international internal content.