*Customs of Diwali*
Many interesting rituals and traditions have been attached to the celebrations of Diwali. It is a five-day long festival, which is celebrated with fun and fervor. The blissful festival calls for the exchange of gifts, sweets and heartfelt wishes. Fire crackers are burst and people enjoy wearing new clothes, on the auspicious day. Although the way of merrymaking is different and the customs are different, the feel among the people across the length and breadth of the country remains the same – to spread good cheer. It is the time to celebrate brotherhood.
*First Day of 5 day Diwali Festival*
The first day of Diwali is known as *Dhanteras*
The word Dhanteras is made of two words – Dhan which means wealth, and Teras which means 13th day.
According to the Hindu calendar, Dhanteras falls on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Ashwin.
The day of Dhanteras is also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi.
People renovate, decorate their houses and workplaces on this day and make traditional ‘Rangoli’ motifs on the entrance, to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
Lamps and candles are lit throughout the night.
It is considered auspicious to buy gold and silver on this day. Many people opt for buying new utensils on this day.
“In celebration we meet the ultimate, the eternal, because celebration happens when the mind unites with the spirit.
The more you celebrate and praise your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Celebrate light over darkness, awareness over ignorance, and as we begin the 5 day festivities, Celebrate life & stay blessed forever.