Diwali is on November 12 in 2023. Ever wondered what Diwali is?
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a Hindu festival that is widely celebrated in India and by Indian communities around the world- including here, in San Francisco! It is one of the most popular festivals in Hinduism and marks the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Diwali usually lasts for five days, with the third day being the main day of celebration.
November 10th - Dhanteras
November 11th - Choti Diwali
November 12th- Diwali (woo!)
November 13th- Govardhan Puja
November 14th- Bhai Dooj
The festival is associated with the worship of the goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. People clean and decorate their homes, light oil lamps or diyas, burst fireworks, and exchange gifts during Diwali. The festival is also marked by the preparation of special sweets and snacks, as well as the sharing of festive meals with family and friends.
The lighting of diyas (oil lamps) during Diwali holds both religious and symbolic significance. Here are some of the reasons why diyas are lit during the Diwali festival:
Symbol of Light Over Darkness: Diwali is known as the Festival of Lights, and lighting diyas symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It represents the triumph of knowledge over ignorance. The tradition of lighting lamps is a way of dispelling the darkness and bringing in positive energy.
Worship of Goddess Lakshmi: Diwali is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes that are well-lit, clean, and welcoming. Lighting diyas is a way of inviting her into one's home and seeking her blessings for wealth and prosperity.
Celebration of Lord Rama's Return: Diwali is also associated with the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and his loyal companion Lakshmana to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya lit oil lamps to illuminate the path and welcome them back. The tradition of lighting diyas symbolizes the joyous return of Lord Rama and the triumph of good over evil.
Auspiciousness and Positive Energy: The light from diyas is considered auspicious and is believed to bring positive energy into the surroundings. Lighting lamps is seen as a way of dispelling negativity and fostering a sense of peace and well-being.
Community and Unity: During Diwali, communities come together to celebrate. The collective lighting of diyas creates a sense of unity and shared joy. It symbolizes the idea that together, people can overcome darkness and adversity.
Cultural Tradition: Lighting diyas during Diwali is a cultural tradition that has been passed down through generations. It adds to the festive atmosphere and creates a beautiful and warm ambiance during the celebrations.
Where can I get mithai and diyas?
You can stop by the shop or order online to get fresh mithai, and all kinds of diyas! We've got small diyas, big diyas, plain diyas, colorful diyas, sparklers, battery-operated diyas, brass diyas- and a whole lot more! The store has the full collection, and a select group of items are available online.