The festival “Diwali” also called “Deepavali” in rural India which means “Row of Lamps” is a Hindu festival which starts on Dhanteras, which usually falls after eighteen days after Dussehra festival. According to Gregorian calendar, Diwali festival is observed between mid-October and mid-November.
This festival originated in Treta Yuga(era), after the victorious battle by lord Rama over the demon Ravana , returned to his kingdom Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. To mark the return of their king lord Rama, people of Ayodhya lit their city with millions of earthen lamps. Since then, this day is celebrated as Deepavali or Diwali in India.
Diwali is one of the most important festivals of Hindu’s and is celebrated by wearing new clothes, sharing sweets with friends and family members and also by performing traditional activities such as lighting small clay lamps filled with oil to denote the victory of good over evil. These clay lamps are lighted during the night to welcome goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Also firecrackers are burst in homes which believed to drive away evil spirits.
Recently on October 30th, the first-ever Diwali festival was celebrated at the US Congress amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by a Hindu priest. This occasion was also used to highlight the significance of Indian-US relationship.
Below is a video from the white House, our beloved current president of United States, Mr. Barack Obama spoke few words about the importance of Diwali and conveys Diwali wishes to everyone.
Especially, kids love to enjoy this festival to the fullest by bursting firecrackers. To make this Diwali more memorable, there are few Do’s and Don’ts you need to consider the most.
1. Make sure your light fireworks outside the house to avoid fire accidents inside home.
2. Give safety and first aid instructions to your kids before you let them to play.
3. Let your kids to play in your eye sight and keep an eye on them to keep them out of trouble.
4. Remove all the flammable materials in your surroundings before you start lighting firecrackers.
5. Strictly wear well-fitted clothes. Wearing loose flowing clothes have high chances of catching fire.
6. Keep fire extinguishers and a bucket of water in your surroundings as a safety measure.
7. Light a fire cracker and quickly move away.
8. In case of failed fire crackers, do not rush immediately to light it again. Wait for 2 minutes or leave it for later.
9. Keep infants inside a closed room away from sound and smoke.
10. Make a note of emergency numbers to call in case of any emergency.
1. Do not try or allow your kids to light fire crackers holding in hands.
2. Do not point fire crackers like rockets towards houses.
3. Do not light more than one fire cracker at a time.
4. Do not bend over the crackers after lighting them to check if they have been ignited.
5. Do not wear nylon or synthetic cloths while lighting fire crackers. Cotton clothes are the best ones to prefer.
6. Do not light fire crackers in the middle of the road.
7. Do not keep candles or clay lamps near your firework stuff.
8. Do not carry fire crackers in your pocket.
9. Do not handover any high potential fire crackers to kids.
10. Do not let your kids to eat while playing fire crackers.
So my dear masses, keeping safety in mind enjoy yourself with your family and friends making this Diwali celebrations a safe and injury free.
Share the joy of celebrating this Diwali by sending video greetings with wishes and blessings to your near and dear ones. May this Diwali bring you loads and loads of happiness.
We wish you and your family a Happy & safe Diwali – Team Inwiter.