Lesser Known Facts about Diwali
|Lesser Known Facts about Diwali|
|Compiled and Edited by Desh-Videsh Staff|
Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated in many countries, and many mark it with an official holiday. In India, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji, the holiday is celebrated by many communities, not only the Hindus. More than 800 million people all over the world celebrate this festival in various ways.
Diwali at the Golden Temple
Origins of Gambling on Diwali Night
Diwali in the Community
On the auspicious day of Diwali, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Brahma-Samaj, took Samadhi.
Businesses also start new accounting books, and farmers end the harvest season. The festival also signals the onset of winter.
Religious Aspects of Diwali
It is believed that Diwali is the day Lord Shiva accepted Shakti into the left half of the form and appeared as Ardhanarishvara (half man, half-women).
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on the day of Diwali because on this very day Lord Vishnu rescued her from the prison of Demon King Bali.
The death of the evil Narakasura in the hands of Lord Krishna is one of the reasons behind celebrating Diwali by the Hindus in South India.
According to the great epic Mahabharat, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’, the time Diwali is celebrated, when the Pandavas returned after twelve years of banishment.
Buddhists celebrate Diwali as the day on which famous emperor Ashok converted to Buddhism.
Correct Spelling is Deepavali not Diwali
Diwali Celebrations Worldwide
In Malaysia, Diwali is known as ‘Hari Diwali.’
In Nepal, Diwali is known as Tihar and celebrated during the October/November period. Interestingly, on the fourth day, Yama, the Lord of Death, is worshipped and appeased.
Thailand celebrates Diwali under the name of Lam Kriyongh during the same time. Diyas (lamps) made of banana leaves are made and candles are placed on it along with a coin and incense.
In Mauritius, the Diwali celebration is an age-old tradition. It holds special significance for the natives, who believe that Diwali has been celebrated even long before the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile and his coronation as the king.
Diwali celebrations in Government
The United States Post office issued postage stamps to mark Diwali. Ami Bera, Carolyn Maloney and Grace Meng, members of the US House of Representatives, co-sponsored a resolution for the issue of a postage stamp to mark Diwali.
Since 2004, the Parliament buildings in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom have been lit to celebrate Diwali.