I know this is not a part of my blog. But then I thought and decided to write about the Festivals of India. This will be a small treat for you guys who read my blogs and love them. Indian festivals are always attractive. There is always something amazing and special about these festivals. Diwali is one of the major festivals of India. And this festival is celebrated all over the world.
I’m starting with a Diwali festival because its a 16th of October and today is the first day of Diwali.
First of all, Diwali is not a one-day celebration festival. It is a 6 days festival. Actual it is is only 5 days but there are more important days before Diwali that you should know about.
Below are the 6 days of the Diwali.
- Vasu Baras
- Dhan Teras
- Kali Chaudas
- Padwa/Bastu Baras/Govardhan Pooja
- Bhai Dooj/Bhau Beej/Bhai Tilak/Bhai Fota
Let’s see what these days are and what is a story behind celebrating these days
Vasu Baras :
Vasu Baras is the first day of Diwali. On this day people worship cows and calves. This day has more important in Maharashtra. While Gug rat and south India celebrate this day as a Nandini Virat. Cows and calves are feed mixture of wheat grain. Vasu Baras is the waining period of the moon. In the rural areas where domestic animals are the only source of Income. That’s why people celebrate this day by thanking cows and calves for providing families with everything they have. Dhan teras is the second day of DiwaliFestival.
Dhan Teras :
It is the 2nd day of Diwali week. This day makes the official beginning of this festival. On this day it is believed that lord Dhanwantari has to come out of the ocean with Ayurveda. For the benefit of mankind. People buy a lot of gold, silver and precious stones and new clothes, utensils on this day. In Gujarat, Dhan Teras day hold even more important than the actual Diwali day. People do the Lakshmi pooja and Ganesh pooja on this day.
Kali Chaudas :
This day is also known as Kali Chaudas or Narak Chaturdashi. This day is celebrated because Lord Krishna killed the demon called Narkasur. And free the world from fear. It is believed that everyone should take a body massage with oil to get stress free and then to take a bath. It is also believed that one should not light diyas on this day. People do not step out of the house on this day. This day is celebrated as a Choti Diwali in some part of India. In modern times, people go to each other’s house to wish a “Prosperous Diwali” to each other.
This is a 3rd and the actual day of Diwali festival. Goddess Laksmi is worshipped on this day along with Lord Ganesh. People light diyas and decorate their house with colorful small led lights and Kandils (lamps).
The streets all across India are light up with lots of sparklers and fairy lights. However, crackers are banned in India because it makes both Noise and Air pollution. And this is not good for nature and our health. People visit temples, churches, and gurudwaras to light candles and they exchange sweet.
Padwa/Bastu Baras/Govardhan Pooja :
As you can see in heading, this the day of Diwali is celebrated in various form in a different part of the country. Some people celebrate it as a Padwa and some people celebrate it as a Bastu Baras or Gowardhan pooja. Bastu Baras is mainly celebrated in Gujarat. This day is the new year as per their calendar. In the northern part of India, this day is celebrated as a Padwa or Goawardhan pooja. People worship their instruments, arms, and machinery. People wash their vehicles and decorate it with flowers. This day is also known as Annakut.
Bhai Dooj/Bhau Beej/Bhai Tilak/Bhai Fota :
This is a 6th and the last day of the Diwali. Bhai dooj, Bhau beej, Bhai tilak and Bhai Fota are the same words spoken in different languages in a different part of the country. On this day, brother and sister wish each other a long, happy and healthy life. Sister prepares sweets especially in honor of their brothers.
So these are the 6 days of Diwali. It is a major celebrating and very important festival of India. This information can be found in more details. But I have given all the important things that you should know about Diwali Festival.
If you are willing to enjoy Diwali festival you must plan a 6 days trip to India. And for that, I’m here to help you. Click here to make a list of places you want to visit during this festival trip.