Into The Core of The Festival of Lights
Here comes the festival of lights, 4 November 2021, where evil stands defeated. The joyous occasion when all the houses in the streets are lit with lamps, and the smell of delicacies lingers in the corridor. It is the festival of love and goodness that brings about happiness, at times incarnated as “grand Diwali sales”, at others in the form of a holiday from work. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in every Hindu house, with prayers for prosperity and well-being. It is celebrated on the new moon day, i.e., the 15th day of Kartik month according to the Indian calendar.
Here is how it all started, how it is going, where it might land, and all the possible ways we could enjoy the festival.
1. In Gujarat, their new year coincides with Diwali, and they worship Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day.
2. Lord Krishna killed Narakasura, and freed 16,000 women enslaved by the demon. Later he married all of them to restore their dignity. The death of this demon, who caused havoc, came to be celebrated as Diwali on earth.
3. According to Mahabharata, the return of the Pandavas after thirteen years of exile is celebrated as Diwali by lighting earthen lamps in houses.
4. Nirvana was attained by Maharshi Dayananda, the founder of Arya Samaj and Lorad Mahavira on this day.
5. In Sikhism, Guru Hargobind Ji was freed from the prison of Jahangir which led to the lighting of lamps by the people. Also, the foundation of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali.
6. For the agrarian society, Diwali stands for a harvest festival.
7. As per mythology, Diwali commemorates the success of King Prithu (after whom the earth is named Prithvi) in extracting crops and wealth from the earth.
8. Ramayana, the origin of most prevalent beliefs for the celebration of Diwali, describes the day as the victory of good over evil, as Rama, Lakshman, and Sita return to Ayodhaya after 14 years of exile.
From the 2020 Air quality average, it is found that, the concentration of PM2.5 in India’s air is 5.2 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value. India ranks third in the worst air quality rankings in 2020. This must be an eye opener for us. Since its existence Diwali has been a festival of lights, but we have converted it to the festival of fire crackers according to our convenience. Now, people compare usage of fire crackers in Diwali to that of a Christmas tree in Christmas. Associating crackers with our culture, which actually has never propagated any such usage, the people are only harming themselves and everyone around them. Although the bursting of crackers is not the only reason for pollution, both air and sound, it definitely adds to the issues.
The government has come up with green crackers, which is an alternative for the satisfaction of the unsatisfied masses, who had lashed the ban on crackers. These green crackers only have lesser chemicals, with a lower or zero proportion of harmful substances, which means diminished effects on the environment and the health of people.
WAYS OF CELEBRATION:
Diwali is the festival of hope, of love and of the defeat of darkness. This Diwali, you can try:
- Sharing food with the hungry.
- Buying earthen lamps and other materials from local vendors.
- Making beautiful rangoli.
- Switching to Green Crackers, in case you go for crackers.
- Not forgetting to use masks, sanitizers and all other precautions in the surroundings of merriment.
POPULAR INSPIRATIONAL ADVERTISEMENTS ON DIWALI:
1.Amazon’s ad film with the #DeliverTheLove motto.
2. HP’s motivating ad film of being the lamp of light in someone’s life, with the tag #DiyeSeDiyaJalao.
3.Vivo’s initiative with the tagline #JoyOfHomecoming has a message to unite with family, this Diwali.
4. A video by HP which has a heart-warming poetic narration with the motto of “Go Local“. It showcases that a small step can enlighten someone’s life.
Dispelling ignorance and hatred, along with lighting ourselves from within with the virtues of compassion and positivity is what defines the essence of Diwali. Happy Diwali to all the readers.