A few days before Diwali the festival of lighting. Dhanteras is celebrated. I love Indian festivals and the reason why I couldn’t blog my book review today is down below so check it out.
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This is the craziest day of the year in India. The whole family goes out and buys new things especially silver and gold items. It may actually be anything, it can be jewellery or utensils or anything. I am not much into gold but I am happy that this dhanteras my family is uniting again. Yes, we have been having some major issues going but I have a feeling it might end soon. I really hope it does. Diwali is the most beautiful time of the year. Lights everywhere. India is decorated like an Indian bride.
I love Diwali but I don’t know much about it except the firecrackers, lighting and yummy Indian sweets and the most dangerous thing; Kali Chaudaus (Indian Halloween). Its scarier than normal Halloween I might write about it. I don’t know about Diwali much because… Well there are 2 reasons
1. Didn’t stay in India much to learn about it.
2. I am not a Hindu. I am an Ismaili Muslim but I believe in all religions. I have been to a church, to the temple, to the mosque quite obvious. I know bhajans and aartis that happen in the temples. I enjoy Indian culture, it’s so vast and beautiful.
Hey, politics divided us but India is, was, and will always stay united.
My parents are out to buy some yummy sweets for the family so I will be putting up the sweets photos soon.
A little about dhanteras from Google.
Dhanteras is the worship of Lord Dhanvantari. Lord Dhanvantari, according to Hindu Mythology, emerged during Samudra Manthan, holding a Kalasha full of Amrit (an Ayurvedic herbal mix) in one hand and the sacred text about Ayurveda in the other hand. He is considered to be the Vaidya of Gods.
The festival is celebrated as “Lakshmi Puja” Which is performed in the evenings when of candles clay are lit. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi, are sung and “Naivedya” of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. A peculiar custom in Maharashtra exists where people lightly pound dry coriander seeds (Dhane in Marathi for Dhanatrayodashi) with jaggery and offer the mixture as Naivedya.
On Dhanteras, homes that have not yet been cleaned in preparation for Diwali are thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed, and Lord Dhanvantari, the god of health and Ayurveda, is worshipped in the evening. The main entrance is decorated with colourful lanterns, holiday lights and traditional motifs of Rangoli designs are made to welcome the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprint’s are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. On the night of Dhanteras, diyas (lamps) are ritually kept burning all through the nights in honour of Lakshmi and Dhanvantari.
On this day, Hindus consider it as an extremely auspicious day to make new purchases, especially gold or silver articles and new utensils. It is believed that new “Dhan” (wealth) or some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck. In modern times, Dhanteras has come to be known as the most auspicious occasion for buying gold, silver and other metals especially kitchenware. The day also sees heavy purchases of appliances and automobiles.
On this night, the lights are set out every night both in the sky lamps and as offerings at the base of a Tulsi plant and also in the form of diyas, which are placed in front of the doorways of homes. This light is an offering to Yama, the Host of Death, to avert untimely death during the time of the Diwali festival. This day is a celebration aimed at increasing wealth and prosperity. Dhanteras engages themes of cleansing, renewal, and the securing of auspiciousness in the form of Lakshmi.
In the villages, cattle are adorned and worshipped by farmers as they form the main source of their income.
Hope all my Indian brothers and sisters have a great Diwali and be aware of Kali Chaudaus. Don’t burst too many firecrackers, keep mother earth safe.
Good luck and Happy Dhanteras.
It’s my first Diwali so everyone please comment and tell me what to do, how to enjoy myself. Don’t give me harsh comments because I have some harsh reality waiting right here.
Diwali hai, chill maaro na yaar.
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Busy busy day. Gotta go, bye