Once I watched a movie called Mr. India starring Anil kapoor and Amrish puri. Amrish Puri was called Mogambo in the movie and always used to say the dialogue “Mogambo khush huva” (Mogambo is now happy). But during this diwali the mogambo is not happy as I am going to miss my diwali 2009 celebrations. Each year I celebrate diwali with my family in Maharashtra, burning crackers and eating sweets.
Diwali 2009 will be celebrated on Saturday, the 17 of October. Diwali or deepavali means row of lights (diyas) and signifies the victory of good over evil. Deepavali is a 5 day festival which begins in the month of Kartika and ends in the month of Ashwin. It is also believed that Rama came home after defeating Ravana during this day after exile of his 14 years vanavasa.
So you see; that is the reason I miss diwali in 2009. I remember the deepavali celebrations during 2008 when I burnt some crackers and they blow in my hand. They are a part of the diwali celebrations and people never get upset with such accidents. It is always advised for the children to be with their parents while burning the fireworks.
According to wikipedia: “In India and Nepal, Deepavali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians and Nepalese regardless of faith. Kerala is the only state in India where Deepavali is not a big celeberation.” : )
Rangoli or designs drawn in front of the house play an important part of diwali celebrations. Children and old unite to decorate the rangoli with different colors. Houses are decorated using flowers, pine leaves and banana stem. Mango leaves are twisted, tied on a thread and decorated in front of the house. A series of Diyas(lights) are lit on the walls and terrace of houses. During diwali night, each house glitters like gold.
Fireworks come normally from Sivakasi in tamilnadu and they are sold at high rates in north India. My father brings a packet full of fireworks for our enjoyment for the 5 day diwali celebrations.
During diwali children can have maximum sweets that include tilli ke ladoo, rava ke ladoo, pakoda, chivda, karanji, sakhar para, son papdi, bundi ke ladoo, malai peda, barfi… They are countless. I miss all of them. Telivisions will be full of latest films and during diwali 2009 all the latest movies will be played.
I forget to mention anarsa which is one of my favorite sweets. It is prepared by the maharashtrians.
Each day of the 5 day diwali celebration has its significance and name.
1st Day: On the first day Gau Mata(cow) is worshiped and this day is called Vasu baras.
Cow is considered sacred in India and people treat it and call it as mother (referred as mata/ Matha). People pray before the cow and offer a part of their food. Normally, while prepration of food the first piece of annh(food) is considered and kept aside for the cow.
2nd Day: Second day is called Dhana trayodashi that is regarded as the jayanti of Lord dhanavantri. People consider this day as perfect for purchase of utencils and gold. Lord Dhanavantri was one among the others who came out during palari mathanam(churning of the great ocean where lord Vishnu resides).
3rd Day: The third day is called Naraka chaturdashi and marks the defeat of Narakasur by lord Krishna. This is an important day in South India where people apply oil and have a great bath, draw kolams(designs) in front of houses, and puja is performed for lord Krishna.
4th Day: Day 4 is Laxmi pooja and considered as the main diwali in North India where people worship goddess Lakshmi and Lord ganesha. This day is considered sacred and people lit lamps and pray for well being.
5th Day: The fifth day is called as panchami or Bhai Duj where brothers and sisters meet and express their love and affection towards each other. The customs of north India during bhaiduj are divine and respectful.
Children have 5 day holidays during diwali celebrations and for diwali 2009 I think there vacations have started. I can only imagine the pleasure; my friends will have during 2009 diwali celebrations. Virtual reality can make the things appear in my dreams but in real life they are a great loss.
However I will enjoy it online through different blogs and portals. I wish all my blog readers, friends and their families a very happy and prosperous diwali.
Happy diwali 2009…