October is a good time to visit India, because this is the time when people in the country celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights. Almost everyone in India, regardless of their faith, celebrate this event.
If you still don’t have any plans this October, come to India to learn more about its rich culture and heritage. Book your flight ticket at tiket.com and get ready to explore this exotic country! Let’s find out more about Diwali, India’s biggest and brightest holiday:
What is Diwali?
The Hindu celebration, Diwali, is also known as Deepavali, which translates into “row of lamps”. Yes, during Diwali celebration, households, buildings and streets across the countries are lit up with clay lamps and other festive lights. As a tourist, you’ll be amazed by how beautiful the country is, decorated with colorful lights.
People from different regions in India interpret the Diwali story differently. Southern Indians, for instance, believe that the story behind Diwali was the time when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. This means that Diwali is held to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Meanwhile, Northern Indians think that the Diwali story was based on the King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana using the lighting rows of clay lamps. In Western India, the story is about Lord Vishnu who came to dilute King Bali’s power, who was a demon king.
Despite the various interpretations behind the festival, Indians believe that Diwali was celebrated in honor of Lakshmi, Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Basically, the festival represents the same symbol, which is the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.
What’s Happening During this Festivity?
Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated in India. Many families celebrate Diwali by doing some basic rituals:
1. Decorate Buildings with Lights
When you come to India during this festivity, you can see many Indians decorate their houses with colorful lights and garlands of marigolds. At night, people set up firecrackers. You’ll feel the excitement among the people there. You can also take part and join the festival!
2. People Get a Henna Tattoo
Henna or also called Mehndi is a traditional art of painting of the hands, feet, body that uses powdered, dried leaves of the henna plant. During Diwali celebration, you’ll see many artists on the streets offering up these services.
Indians typically wear traditional dresses during the Diwali festival. Mehndi will make people’s appearance more glamorous. It also beautifies women’s appearance. Indian people believe that the art can bring good luck, health and prosperity.
The patterns for Mehndi are in most cases flowers, peacock, combined with unique curves. To beautify the art, many artists work on Mehndi on people’s hands by using special glitters.
3. Create a Rangoli
There’s something Instagrammable about this festival. Brothers, sisters, and everyone in the family creates a rangoli pattern together on the floor. Rangoli is a design pattern made using rice, powders, colored sand and flower petals. People usually spend hours to create this design. Indian people believe that creating this decoration can bring good luck to those around them. This can also be an Instagrammable thing as you can take a picture of those cool rangoli pattern.
4. Give gifts
The tradition in India is to give gifts to their family and friends during Diwali. The gifts choices can be new clothes, Indian sweets, spices. Most Indians visit their relatives’ homes during the day and spend time together.
5. Clean the House
Cleaning is a big part of Diwali. Indians believe that Diwali is the best time to declutter because they believe that good luck. As a tourist, you don’t need to do that :). However, it will be a nice thing to visit India during this time because you’ll see many major places are extra clean!
When is Diwali?
Diwali takes places depending on the Hindu lunar calendar. It marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The dates of Diwali change every year, but generally it falls sometime between October and November.
This year, Diwali is going to be celebrated from October 25-29th for five days:
Day 1 – Families start preparing for the festival by cleaning the house and buying gifts.
Day 2 – Preparation day where people start making Rangoli.
Day 3 – Friends and family come together to exchange gifts and lights small oil lamps during the puja ritual. In the evening, everyone goes out to the street to light up fireworks.
Day 4 – Relatives and good friends visit each other to bring a lot of yummy foods.
Day 5 – This day is a lot quieter than the previous days. People spend time with their siblings.
Places to Visit in India During Diwali
Kali Puja coincides with Diwali. Goodess Kali is worshiped on this occasion, so you can witness offerings made during the festival. Fish, meat, flowers and buffalo calf is offered to the Goddess. The city of Kolkata is lit up with candles and beautiful light decorations. At night, you can enjoy the fireworks.
In the pink city, houses and markets will be lit up with lights. The markets will sell hundreds of lamps in many shapes, sizes and colors. You can also buy traditional handicrafts and clothes during the event. It is delightful for the east. You’ll enjoy the celebration as well as there will be many musicians performing on the streets of the city.
Take Part in Diwali, a Large Celebration in India
When you come to India, you can take part in Diwali. Join the festival with your loved ones. Besides enjoying the beautiful fireworks and lights, you can also taste various delicacies such as dried fruits, barfis, and vegan snacks.
If you want to know how the locals celebrate the event, you can stay at a home stay. Book your flight to India now only at tiket.com! You can get discounts and promotions.
India is an exotic country. India has many Instagrammable places. You can visit Jaipur, Udaipur, and other captivating places. See Taj Mahal? Why not! If it is your first time to India, you can also make India Golden Triangle as your destination.