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Diwali 2023: Embrace the Festival of Lights


India  •  9 Nov, 2023  •  32,257 Views  •  ⭐ 4.3

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Deepavali, the luminous celebration that brightens our lives, is just around the bend. It is one of the most beloved festivals in the Indian cultural calendar, a time of joy with its historical tapestry of India's rich traditions is displayed in full colour, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. The anticipation for Diwali, the exuberant Festival of Lights, is palpable, with festivities set for November 12 this year. Originally conceptualized as a day to illuminate every shadowy corner, the festival evolved into a jubilant occasion marked by the exhilarating sounds of firecrackers over time.

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This hallowed festival commemorates the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after his long sojourn in exile for fourteen years. Diwali 2023 promises to be a time of blessings from Goddess Lakshmi, the divine symbol of wealth and prosperity. Across the nation, people embrace the celebration in unique ways, including creating colourful rangoli designs, throwing festive Diwali gatherings, and preparing an array of sumptuous dishes and sweets. Interestingly, in various regions, the festival stretches over five days, commencing with Dhanteras and culminating in Bhai Dooj. Let's delve into the five-day extravaganza of Diwali 2023.

The Cultural Genesis of Diwali

The Origins Of Diwali, And Its Remarkable Celebrations
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In 2023, Diwali will be celebrated with the same fervent spirit that has been carried through the ages, illuminating hearts and homes. This 'Festival of Lights' sees streets, markets, and residences adorned with a sparkling array of lights, signifying hope and a renewal of life. The festival is aligned with the Hindu lunar calendar and thus varies each year, typically falling in late October or early November.
The roots of Diwali are found in ancient Hindu texts, with various legends tied to its observance. The most prominent narrative is that of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after vanquishing the demon king Ravana, as recounted in the epic Ramayana. This historical context provides the foundation for the festival's themes of victory and valour.

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