Diwali, Divali, Deepavali or Dipavali is a festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists across the globe. Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” Light is a metaphor for knowledge and consciousness.
During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days.
Diwali occurs on the night centering the new moon – the darkest night. During this time, diyas (oil lamps), candles and lanterns are lighted up all around. The 5 day festival is divided as such: Dhanteras (Day 1), Naraka Chaturdasi (Day 2), Lakshmi Puja (Day 3), Padwa, Balipratipada (Day 4), Bhai Duj and Bhaiya Dooji (Day 5).
Dhanteras: The festival of wealth, where metal (not iron) is purchased.
Naraka Chaturdasi: On this day, people carry out early morning rituals with oil, flowers, and sandalwood.
Lakshmi Puja: The main day where prayers are offered to Lakshmi.
Padwa, Balipratipada: A day to celebrate the love and bond between husband and wife. Men will present gifts to their wives on this day.
Bhai Duj, Bhaiya Dooji: The last day celebrates the bond between sisters and brothers with a prayer.
The most important aspect of the festival, as with most festivals, is feasting with family and friends. Festive food, especially Indian sweets is the hallmark of Diwali.
The Diwali Festive Thali
At Daana, we present a festive Menu typical of North Indian homes… so, come, join us as we celebrate the beautiful festival of lights at Daana.