Interesting Diwali facts you should know before the festive season

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is an important festival in India that is mainly celebrated by Hindus, to symbolise the victory of good over evil.

Interesting Diwali facts you should know before the festive season
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1.Five-day Spectacle

While most people celebrate just one day of Diwali. The festival is typically observed for a period of five days in this order:

Dhanteras - Most people consider this an auspicious day to buy gold, silver, clothes, gadgets etc. Gold sales reach record highs on this day of the year.

Naraka Chaturdasi – Also called Choti (small) Diwali, this is the day Lord Krishna emerged victorious over a demon called Narakasura.

Diwali- It is the most festive day of the five days and is celebrated on a moonless night. People decorate their houses with lights and perform the puja of Goddess Lakshmi-the Goddess of wealth on this day. It is believed that the lights help guide the goddess into homes.

Govardhan Puja or Padva – According to ancient texts it is the day Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan hill. People make a small representation of the hill and worship it on this day.

Bhai Dooj – On the final day of the festivities sisters pray for their brother’s long and prosperous life and treat them to a lavish meal.