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Meaning & Significance of Diwali


Diwali is a celebration where people from all age groups irrespective of their cast and creed participate wholeheartedly. People give expression to their festivity by lighting diwali diyas, decorating the houses, bursting crackers and exchanging gifts. The lighting of earthen lamps is a way of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi- the deity of wealth and prosperity.

Diwali simply means “the row of lamps”. People lit their houses, offices and workplaces with lights and earthen lamps to ward off evil and bring prosperity in their lives.

On the night of Diwali, clay lamps are lit I houses, but now shimmering electric lamps and scented candles have taken their place. What is the importance of lighting a lamp on Diwali? There is a simple reason behind this to ward off evil spirit and signify revelry. Most of the civilizations of the world recognize the significance of light as a gift of God as it enlightens their lives and keep darkness away from them.

In Hindu mythology darkness stands for ignorance and evil, and light is a metaphor or knowledge and good. Henceforth, lighting a lamp on Diwali signifies the elimination of ignorance and darknessand the victory of good over evil.

Diwali celebration holds a greater significance with its unique traditions, customs and rituals. Despite living a modern life, people at present have never forgotten the roots and light lamps, candles, or any type of illumination to mark the victory of good over evil on the day of Diwali.