Celebration of Diwali by Hindus:
Diwali is one of the colorful festivals which is celebrated by the Hindus. The festival is engaged fully with sweets, lights, crackers and lamps along with colorful Rangoli. The people wear new dresses and share sweets and crackers with their neighbors. Diwali which is the festival of colored lights is being celebrated for 5 days. The festival is invited with Rangoli, diyas, colorful lamps and fire crackers. Diwali starts with Dhanteras. Kalichaudhas follows the Dhanteras. Dhanteras is a Sanskrit word in which Dhan gives the meaning as wealth and the meaning of Teras is thirteen. Starting a new business, new projects, holding marriages investing in jewel and buying new vehicles are engaged on this auspicious day. Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs also celebrate Dhanteras festivals.
Pooja for Goddess Lakshmi:
On this day Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped which gives wealth to the family. People used to buy silver, gold and utensils on this day so that they can welcome the prosperity to the home. They also purchase the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. If a girl is born on the prosperous day, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi has arrived to the home. Dhanteras is celebrated to obtain the felicitations of Lakshmi in order to make her happy so that they also arrange for Lakshmi Pooja. All the rituals must be performed correctly or else the Goddess will not enter the house of the people.
What is the reason for the celebration of Dhanteras?
There is a fantastic story behind the celebration of this festival. King Hema had a son and he was intended to die on the fourth day of the marriage. His parents wanted their son to have a good marriage life but it has not happened. His wife places a lot of silver and gold coins around him and made a gate which was blocked. She did not allow him to sleep. She lighted many candles throughout the palace. She started to tell many stories and also sang songs to keep awake. Yama the God for death came as a serpent. But he was not able to enter into the Prince room because the eyes of Yama were stupefied with the flash coming from silver and gold. He was amazed by the songs of the princess and the way that princess decorated the palace. As Yama wants to return back to the world he did not take the life of Prince. Thus the princess saves the life of her husband.
This is the reason for the celebration of this festival. Thus the community of Hindu celebrates this festival religiously. The festival is celebrated with enthusiasm and gusto. Traditional sweet or Naivedya is offered to the Gods during Pooja. After the completion of the prayer the sweets will be distributed to the neighbors. There will be many entertaining programs will be broadcasted in the television. Children have a lot of fun on this auspicious day and many relatives will come to the house so that whole house is filled with joy and happiness.