Diwali 2014 or Deepavali 2014 Celebration. The Row of Lights is more commonly known as Diwali – or Deepavali. It is the start of the Hindu calendar and doubles up as the New Year celebrations. The name Diwali comes from Sanskrit: Dipa is the word for lamp and Awali is the word for row.
It is also known as the festival of lights and was traditionally celebrated at a time when the weather was more pleasant, shortly after monsoon season. The New Year celebrations is a time for renewal and rejoicing and Hindus around the world will celebrate. It is a time when good victors against evil – when light victors against darkness. Homes of Hindus will be lit with lamps as a way to bring in light and good luck.
When is Diwali 2014 or Deepavali 2014
Some countries will celebrate the Row of Lights for five days, while others stick to a one day festival. The start of Diwali 2014 is on October 23 and will run until October 27 for those who celebrate the longer period.
How Diwali Started
Prior you celebrate Diwali 2014, you need to know that there are many myths and legends that surround Diwali and it is difficult to determine the true one. Each country has its own celebrations and some are dated back to the time of Ancient India, where it was most probably a harvest festival. For some, there is the belief that the festival celebrates the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. In Bengal, the Row of Lights is about worshipping Mother Kali, who is the Goddess of Strength. There are some homes that will spend their time celebrating Lord Ganesha during this time, the elephant-headed God. Lord Mahavira is a focal point for those following Jainism and is a time to celebrate his attainment of eternal bliss. There is also the legend of Lord Rama, who was exiled with Lakshman and Sita for 14 years. They returned and vanquished the evil demon-king Ravana. This is especially celebrated in the Capital of Rama, Ayodhya, where the people will light firecrackers and earthen diyas, also known as oil lamps.
Four Day Celebrations of Deepavali Diwali 2014
There are four days of celebrations due to the tales and myths below:
- Day One is called Naraka Chaturdasi. This is the celebration of Lord Krishna and Satyabhama, his wife, defeating Naraka.
- Day Two is called Amavasya. This is dedicated to worshiping Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of Wealth. There is also the story of Lord Vishnu and how he defeated an evil tyrant, Bali. Bali was banished to hell.
- Day Three is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami. After Bali was banished to hell, he was allowed one day back on Earth every year. This is his day of return but he must light lamps – in the million – to help remove the darkness and the ignorance from the world and help spread wisdom, happiness and joy.
- Day Four is called Yama Dvitiya. On this day sisters will invite their brothers into their homes.
From Darkness Unto Light of Diwali 2014
This is a common saying that surrounds Deepawali. All the stories and myths surround how good victors over evil. Lights are used to illuminate hearts and homes and dispel the darkness. The light helps people to commit the good deeds that they need to do to take the step closer to divinity. Lights and incense are lit all around India during the festive of lights. There is the sound of firecrackers exploding and the feeling of hope radiating through the country. This is a festival that the whole world celebrates and is seen as a celebration of the identities of South-Asian communities in some countries. Take the time to close your eyes with a diya and concentrate on the light and removing the darkness.
Deepavali Diwali 2014 in Malaysia, India and Singapore
Celebrating Diwali 2014 in India
Diwali 2014 will be one of the biggest holidays for the people of India. It will be celebrated over a five day period, where each day has its own celebration, including Dhanteras, Lakshmi Puja Badi Diiwali and Padwa. The days are spend worshiping Ganesha, who will remove obstacles and help with creating a new beginning, and Lakshmi, who will bring wealth, prosperity, wealth and wisdom to her people.
The people clean their homes in the days before Deepavali. This helps to remove the bad to make way for the good and new. On the day of the celebrations, people wear new clothes, give gifts, have a big festive meal and a large bonfire.
There are processions through the streets, where statues of Lakshmi are paraded through. Lights, known as Dipa lights, Diwali Diyas and Parvati Ganesha Lamps, are created from clay and have clarified butter, coconut and mustard oils to help fuel them, with wicks made from cotton wool. These lamps are placed outside of homes and on floors. There are furnishings made of leaves from mangos and marigold, which are known as torans.
Diwali 2014 Celebrations in Singapore
With 9.2% of the population in Singapore from India, it is no surprise that Deepavali / Diwali 2014 is a major holiday. The event is a public holiday for the country and is on October 23, 2014.
Candles and lights are used to decorate the homes of Hindus and Indians in the country. This creates a joyous and happy atmosphere for everyone and there are now many people in the country who celebrate the festivities, even if they do not worship the same religion or have the same nationality.
Little India celebrates in style with lights, arches and garlands decorating the whole area. This is a popular area for the Indian population of Singapore on a normal day and becomes the focal point of the Deepavali celebrations. Children come to light their sparklers and the people enjoy the festivities on Serangoon Road.
There are many different cultural activities and bazaars held throughout the city, especially those connected to Little India and the Indian people. The Countdown Concert, Street Parade and Indian Heritage and Craft Exhibition are just three on the list. The stalls in Little India are decorated with garlands, flowers, lamps and Saris as a way to celebrate the holiday.
Malaysian Celebrations of Diwali 2014
Malaysians enjoy celebrating Diwali and is the second largest for grandeur during this time. About 8% of Malaysia is made up of Hindus and Indias but there are people of various cultures that take to the streets to celebrate the Festival of Lights. It is referred to as Hari Diwali by many of the people in Malaysia.
During the celebrations, a special breakfast is eaten, which includes a variety of dishes. Prayers are made and an oil bath is created for the rituals during the Diwali celebrations, including visits to the temple. Malaysia has banned the use of firecrackers so these are not used during the festivities.
The holiday is a public one for the whole of the country and is a time that many people visit their families and elders. Many Indians will invite their friends of other nationalities and religions into their homes.
The Celebration of Diwali 2014 in Countries Around the World
Hindus are no longer the only people who celebrate Diwali. Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains also join in with the celebrations with various myths and legends. This has led to many countries celebrating the festive of lights. However, many nations do not offer the same grandeur noticed in countries like India and Malaysia. It is seen as a time for many Indians to trace their roots and heritage.
India, Malaysia and Singapore are not the only countries that witness a public holiday for Deepavali Diwali 2014. Other countries include Trinidad & Tobago, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Guyana, Myanmar and Nepal. All the Indians will take the time to clean their homes in the days before the celebrations start to help remove the bad and bring in the good. Families celebrate together with a feast, sweets and crackers.
Travel Deals for Diwali 2014
Travelling will be busy during this holiday in the countries that have the public holiday. You can find great deals on your travel and hotel stays by comparing prices on various websites and with different travel agencies.
Happy Diwali 2014 ~ Deepavali 2014