Interesting facts about Diwali you need to know

Interesting facts about Diwali you need to know
Interesting facts about Diwali you need to know

As Diwali is here, here are some interesting facts about the festival that you need to know beyond the regular facts.

  • Diwali is the Hindu New Year and the longest celebrated festival in the year and the country.
  • In India, Diwali is celebrated as Deepavali, while in South India, it is celebrated as Narakasur Vadha.
  • Malaysians celebrate this festival as Hari Diwali between the months September to October and it is a national public holiday in the country.
  • In Nepal, Diwali is called Swanti or Tihar and on the fourth day of the festival, Yama, the god of death is worshiped for the longer life of people.
  • In Odisha, people call the spirits of their dead ancestors on Diwali and burn jute stems to throw light on the dark path of the spirits on their way to heaven.
  • Diwali is celebrated by Sikhs similar to Hindus and the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid on Diwali.
  • The day also marks the beginning of the financial year, and traders open their book of accounts and offer prayers to Lord Ganesha.
  • The common greeting ‘Shubh Deepavali’ means ‘have an auspicious Diwali’.

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