We went out to the shopping mall for some regular shopping and found decorated markets on the way, dazzling shops with lights, pomp’s and gifts wrapped in attractive packing which quite symbolized the arrival of Diwali – the festival of lights, fervor and Happiness in India.
Diwali in Rajasthan is an absolute celebration of life and all the good that it has to offer; it is a time for togetherness and bonding. The Indians living in India would be itching to celebrate while the Indians living abroad would make sure their Indian holiday plans are in sync with Diwali time. Joy derived from triumph of good over evil is the hallmark of Diwali.
It was a dark, moonless night when Lord Ram, the banished king of Ayodhya returned home along with his wife, Sita after having vanquished the demon, Ravan (King of Lanka who had abducted Sita) and having completed 14 years in exile.
To honor and rejoice the homecoming of the king, the people of this kingdom lit his path with oil lamps to guide him on his way. Thus began the tradition of decorating homes and public spaces with earthenware oil lamps (diyas) to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and the five day celebration came to be known as Diwali or Deepavali which means ‘rows of lights/lamps’.
Rajasthan is the land of festivals and fairs. People in this sparsely populated state look for any excuse to assemble together in celebration and take a break from their otherwise rugged, tough lives. The elaborate rituals and the gaiety with which they surrender themselves to the numerous fairs and festivals of the region show their sheer zest for life. Celebrated every year in October-November, Diwali is undoubtedly the most popular of all Rajasthan festivals.
As lamps and fireworks illuminate different corners of the globe, we pray that the light brightens up not only your homes but also your hearts.
Happy Diwali !
Celebrate Diwali in Rajasthan from November 01 to 05, 2013 with great fanfare, sumptuous cuisines & desserts, ultimate shopping and lots of fun.