Diwali Festival- Essay 1.
Diwali is a Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival that is celebrated with grandeur and excitement. It is a festival of lights that is celebrated during the autumn seasons every year. The dates vary based on the dates of the full moon and is placed somewhere in the months of
October and November. The festival of symbolises the victory of the good over the evil and the spread of light over darkness. The customs that go along with the celebration of Diwali differ across the country and so do the legends about Diwali.
The cultural practises associated with Diwali are very diverse. Lakshmi Puja is an important Diwali related practise in north India where they worship they Goddess Lakshmi who is the bringer of wealth. Other Diwali related practises include taking an oil bath early in the morning as a symbol of purification of evil and bringing in the good. Some legends state the Diwali marks the return of Lord Ram from exile after the victory over Ravana. Some legends state that it is the day when Naragashura, a demon was slayed by Lord Krishna. The bottom line of all these legends is that Diwali is a celebration of the victory of the good over the evil and bringing in positivity.
It is celebrated by the diaspora of these religions globally. The most important of practises include the lighting of oil lamps called diyas to mark the return of light. Another important practise is the sharing of sweets with near and dear to express their joy. The exchange of sweets and other delicacies forms an important part of the cultural aspects of Diwali. Bursting of crackers and fireworks are also an important tradition related to Diwali. A whole firecracker industry has developed based on this practise. However, in the recent times there have been some environmental concerns associated with bursting crackers.
Diwali is an expression of the joy of a community over the victory of the good over the evil. It is celebrated to share joy and positivity with the community. There have been several problems associated with some practises such as bursting firecrackers but despite all these concerns, we need to keep in mind the true spirit of the celebration. It is our responsibility to uphold cultural values without affecting the nature and the environment.
By Swetha (2019)
Diwali – Essay 2.
Diwali is a famous Hindu festival which is celebrated and brings a lot of fun and excitement, an attribute that has seen it earn the title ‘festival of lights’. It marks the recognition of how good is better than evil, knowledge than ignorance and light, darkness.
Lamps are lit in different parts of the street, individual homes and even places of work. This is meant to bring out the illuminating aspect of the festival as its name “The festival of Lights” suggests.
Rituals are offered to different Gods to praise, give honor and thanks to them for their good works. As the festival involves feasting, people go out to shop for different foodstuffs meant to be eaten during the celebrations.
Family ties are made stronger and closer through the celebrations as people visit each other and joyfully share in meals and entertainment.
The characteristic nature of the festival to feature new things and gifts, people purchase clothes as well as precious jewelry for personal decorative purposes. The clothes are worn and the jewelry adorned on the day of celebration and serve to make people happy and enjoy.
Diwali is a very important and interesting festive season for the Hindu community. Driven by the spirit of love, sharing and care for mankind, Hindus that live among people from different ethnic backgrounds take it upon themselves to share with them the food, sweets and even the gifts that they had bought for themselves.
By Mary (2019)
Diwali – Essay 3
Introduction: India is known as a land of Festivals. Although we celebrate many festivals but my favourite festival is Diwali. It comes in autumn and every Autumn I celebrate it with my cousins at their place. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus and Indians in all over the world celebrate it. Lights make it a magical time for children. Diyas are lighted at home known as candles and lamps. Every house and street is decorated with colourful lights.
Meaning of Diwali: It comes from a Sanskrit word Deepavali which means rows of lights. So this festival of lights heralds the new Hindu years.
The reason behind Lightning: It is believed that Lakshmi- Goddess of health and wealth will come to our houses by lights. Pandits also tell the story of Hindu God-Lord Rama. His wife Sita was captured by the demon King Ravana. So Lord Rama fought and brought his wife back. So on this day, we celebrate the union of these two Holy people. People celebrate the victory of Lord Rama by lighting and remain happy.
My Routine on Diwali: On Diwali morning I go to temple with my Family. We get the best clothes for this day. Every year my grandmother gives me a gift. A lot of time is taken by me every year to get dressed and put on a lot of makeup. My all friends come to greet me. We sing, pray and dance in the temple. Harmonium-an Indian Instrument is being played at the Temple.
Celebrations: We have a lot of delicious food to eat. It’s my favourite time of the year. This officially starts the celebration for next 5 days. All the relatives came and we exchange gifts. We eat all the favourite and delicious foods of our life. This event is very special for all the families. If anyone has a fight then this is a perfect time to resolve issues. Some people say that it’s like Christmas for Hindus.
Asian countries celebrate it in the most beautiful way. It makes them very proud. Crowd dance on the fireworks and music. It’s like a party on the streets at the Day of Diwali. It’s a day of joy.
Conclusion: I love Diwali and the way we Indians celebrate it.
By Ananda (2019)
Safe Diwali – Essay 4
Safe Diwali is the new mantra for preventing the various hazards that go along with the celebrations. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals and the number of people that come into the purview of the dangers is relatively large.
Diwali s a religious and a festive occasion celebrated by the Hindu Religion. It’s mostly celebrated at the start of October. All people gear up for its celebration but also consider the pollution that is caused by it. Many organizations are taking steps to celebrate it in a green and eco-friendly way. This is what meant by the safe Diwali.
Possible Dangers at Diwali:
Diwali means ‘row of lamps.’ People light their residences with little oil lamps or candles. The firecrackers that are burnt over the few days of Diwali are a source diseases connected to smoke inhalation.
- Fire Crackers release a poisonous chemical which causes Asthma and respiratory disease.
- People who have a chemical deficiency are allergic to it.
- Heavy metals like cadmium and lead in firecrackers are also very harmful.
- Oxides, when mixed with moisture, are very poisonous and harmful for the body.
- Firecrackers when explode by a pressure cause injuries around the eyes, eyelashes, etc.
- Firecrackers on Diwali can also cause a psychic problem when exposed for a long time.
Tips for Safe Diwali:
Diwali can be made more fun and safer by following a few precautionary measures.
- Electric fairy lights are increasingly being used to replace the traditional lamps.
- A couple of lamps can be lit used symbolically.
- Firecrackers must be lit in open spaces to avoid accidents. Also, simpler versions of the crackers are usually safer.
- Adults must always accompany children while bursting crackers.
- Keeping a bucket of water and a first aid kit close by is helpful in case of any untoward incidents.
- Earthen candles should be kept away from Inflammable materials.
- Electric lights should be tied in such a way that they are away from the electric shock whoever touches it.
- Firecrackers should be burnt outside the home.
- Children should never be left alone with flammable
- Exposure to direct smoke can cause choking.
- Decorative items should be made of safe eco-friendly
Festivals must be a source of joy and Diwali is a joyous festival. So we must attempt to celebrate a safe Diwali. For a safe and eco-friendly celebration of Diwali always dispose of the waste wisely and don’t use dangerous stuff more often.
By Teamwork (2019)
Last updated: July 18, 2019.