Vector 3 wishes you a happy Diwali 2014
Tomorrow begins one of the most popular Hindu's festival: Diwali.
Vector 3 is happy to congratulate all Hindus that are now celebrating Diwali. Diwali is a five day festival of lights to celebrate the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. This year Diwali is celebrated from 23rd to 27th October and, although it is a Hindu's festival, it has its different legends depending on the region of India.
- In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king;
- In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth;
- In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura;
- In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali.
Depending on the region, the rituals also changes but the icon of Diwali is the lighting on candles, electric candles and fireworks. Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. And this is the reason why Hindus leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in. Throughout the five-day festival, small earthenware lamps filled with oil are lighted and placed in rows along the tops of temples and houses and set adrift on rivers and streams.
The forth day, people spend their time visiting friends, exchanging gifts, cleaning and decorating houses, feasting, setting fireworks off displays, and wearing new clothes. Rangoli are drawn on the floors - rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower.
Once again, Vector 3 wishes you all a happy Diwali's celebration and a plenty of joy and happiness new year.