Diwali, the festival of lights, is just a few days away. India is in the mood to celebrate and festivities have already begun. The celebrations and the rituals in different parts of India may differ but the spirit with which people welcome Diwali is just the same. The sound of firecrackers, well lit lamps, beautifully designed Rangolis make this festive month the most enjoyable one for everyone.
Diwali celebrations differ from region to region and it’s amazing to see how many different forms one single festival can have.
Celebrations in the East
People in West Bengal celebrate Kali Puja during the festive occasion of Diwali. This is what makes Diwali different in Bengal. Mostly, Diwali is known to be a time when people buy new clothes, utensils and gold but in Bengal the Diwali celebrations are quite different. Evenings are always pleasant as family gatherings, fireworks, lighting lamps, gambling and feasting- all happen during this time. The nights are beautiful and the well lit streets of Bengal are a sight to see.
Towards the east of West Bengal is Assam where people celebrate Diwali by lighting diyas and these decorated lamps are placed on trunks of banana trees. People here believe the banana leaves to be auspicious and is widely used for offering prasad after the Laxmi puja is done. Children, especially eagerly await this festival. For them, it’s all about bursting firecrackers and tasting the mouth-watering sweets prepared at home.
In Orissa, Diwali celebrations are again all about lighting diyas, worshipping goddess Laxmi and Kali, bursting crackers and decorating homes. The only thing that makes it different is the ritual where people appease their forefathers by worshipping with a lit jute stem. In Bihar, Diwali celebrations start 2 days before the actual festival of Diwali, and is known as Dhanteras. During this occasion new utensils are bought and kept at a sacred place in the prayer room. Chhoti Diwali is celebrated a day before Diwali and the main day is known for celebrations that happen on a much larger scale. READ MORE!