Why do we celebrate Diwali?

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sathya 2008-10-23 12:44:56


My 5-year old was asking me why we celebrate Diwali.  I started telling him what I was told when I was growing up - Krishna's victory over Narakasura being the reason to celebrate Diwali. 

However, as I was telling him, I remembered that parts of India also celebrate it for the return of Rama and Sita to Ayodhya, from Lanka.

And I am sure, given India's amazing diversity, there will be many more reasons why people celebrate Diwali. So I thought I would ask here why you celebrate Diwali?

This will give all of us another good (and long) story to tell our kids and also teach them about the various parts of India.

Thanks in advance,


mango_mama 2008-10-23 19:28:08


I think in the north people celebrate Diwali coz Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya that day. Also, what strikes a chord with most is that on Diwali night Goddess Laxmi visits. So that is why folks decorate their houses with lights and other things and many leave their doors open. So that Laxmi, goddess of wealth and prosperity can come in and bless with wealth and prosperity. :-)

Also, as my grandfather had once practically mentioned festivals like Diwali and in general  spending on weddings encourage commerce and boost the economy. And in earlier days that is what folks spent money on. Spending..boosting trade (wedding stuff, festival stuff) and commerce. It boosts the economy, you share your bounty and is fun. Instead of hoarding which is not the ideal for the economy. Good stuff for the economy and hence good and godly stuff for all. :-)

Now you might wonder...isn't the money better spent on charity etc. That is one different debate and discussion... No black n white anwers here.






Sameera 2008-10-25 15:48:59


Well, yes, we do celebrate it in the north because thats the day Ram returned home to ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana. But my mother always told us that its a festival we celebrate to remind us of the abundance in our lives - to clear the cobwebs, clean up everything, light some lamps and start all over again - and I think its very symbolic. Thats the symbolism I would want my daughter to learn too


mango_mama 2008-10-25 20:31:22


Of course Sameera. You seem to have captured the essence of this festival. So well put. Along the lines you mention, Isn't it also the Hindu (north Indian and south Indian??) and business new year?



sathya 2008-10-29 09:12:32


Thanks everyone.

We had a great Diwali. I hope you did too.





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