Diwali which is known as the ?festival of lights? signifies the victory of good over evil. It also marks the home coming of Lord Rama from exile after 14 years. The history and rituals on Deepavali vary as we move across the country, but the essence of the festival remains the same.
Here are the most interesting facts and trivia on Diwali
Diwali is the most popular festival in India.
Diwali is not only celebrated by Hindus, but also by other religions like Jainism, Buddhism and Sikkhism.
Kerala is the only state that does not celebrate Diwali!
It is believed that this festival marks the transition from darkness to light.
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Diwali is celebrated for 5 days. Each day has its own significance. The five days are popularly known as Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Deepawali, Govardhan and Bhaidooj.
Diwali is mainly worshiping the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
This festival marks the homecoming of Rama from exile to Ayodhya after 14 years. When he returned home with his wife and brother and streets of Ayodhya was lit with series of lights.
Diwali signifies triumph of good over evil.
The word Diwali means ?rows of lighted lamps?. It is called the ?Festival of Lights? because people light diyas (small oil lamps) to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
It is a tradition to play cards on Diwali. As per the mythological story, Parvati played the game of dice with Shiva. The game signifies the cosmic cycle of creation and destruction and encourages all to play cards on Diwali.
In South India, Diwali is referred to as ?Deepavali? and it is believed that Narakasura Vadha is the main celebration day.
This festival is celebrated in Malaysia as ?Hari Diwali? in the month of Aswayuja.
In Nepal, Festival of Lights is called as ?Tihar? or ?Swanti?.
Exchanging gifts on this occasion is very common.