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Diwali Traditions – How Is Diwali Celebrated In India And How To Do Diwali Puja At Home And Office

Diwali Traditions and how is Diwali celebrated in India
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Diwali is a major festival among the Hindus, celebrated all throughout the country with great enthusiasm. There are certain Diwali traditions and Diwali rituals associated with the festival of lights. Wondering how is Diwali celebrated in India? Know here. Also, read this to know detailed information about how to do Diwali puja at home and how to do Diwali puja in office, for good luck and prosperity.

Diwali 2022

In 2022, 5 day long festivities of  Diwali start on 22 October and end on 26 October. The first day is celebrated as Dhanteras which is on 22 October, followed by Choti Diwali on 23. 

Diwali Rituals

The main festival of Diwali falls on 24th October this year, with the Lakshmi Pujan Muhurat from 6:53 PM to 8:15 PM. Govardhan puja and Bhai Dooj fall on 25 and 26 October respectively.

How Is Diwali Celebrated In India

In several different parts of India, Diwali has its own different meanings and methods to celebrate it. So, how is Diwali celebrated in India at its different corners? Let us see some major Diwali traditions to follow this Diwali.

Diwali Traditions To Follow This Diwali

  • Houses are thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed before the beginning of Diwali and decorated with torans and colourful ribbons or flowers along with decorative lights.
  • Sweets and savoury items are a must-have during Diwali and many people prepare these at home, like sev, gujiya, ladoo, barfi, chivda, chakli etc.
  • Lots of shopping is the favourite part of the festival. Electronics, kitchenware, new clothes and jewellery are the major items to be bought.
  • Diyas, or earthen lamps, and candles are lighted all throughout the house to ward off evil and bring light to the dark corners.
  • Although the use of firecrackers has reduced fairly in recent years, it is still a popular tradition to burn firecrackers on Diwali night.
  • Rangoli is made on the entrance and inside the house with flowers or colours to decorate it.
  • Parties and get-togethers are a must during Diwali as people visit each other, and exchange gifts and good wishes.

Keep reading to know how to do Diwali puja at home and how to do Diwali puja in office.

How To Do Diwali Puja At Home With Complete Diwali Rituals

Here’s the most common practice for how to do Diwali puja at home.

  • Many people observe fast during the day of Diwali however it isn’t necessary.
  • In the evening, homes are decorated with marigold flowers and leaves of Ashoka, mango and banana.
  • On a raised platform, a red cloth is placed over which the idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi are placed. They are often decorated with silk clothes and jewelry.
  • Then, a Kalash is placed in front, filled with similar ingredients as stated above.
  • Flowers and other offerings are made to the gods and people often hear Lakshmi Panchali during the puja.
  • The puja is concluded with doing Aarti with a lit-up camphor.

How To Do Diwali Puja In Office

For businesses and workplaces, here’s the guide on how to do Diwali puja in office:

  • Clean the premises of the office thoroughly and sprinkle holy water around it.
  • For puja, choose the clean and best place to set up the altar.
  • Keep a Kalash in the place with Swastika drawn over it and fill it with water, betel nut, coin, raisins, clove and flower. Over the mouth, keep a bunch of mango leaves.
  • Place idols of Lakshmi and Ganesh by the Kalash and give them a holy bath. Apply tilak to them.
  • Keep your accounting ledger and/or office supplies nearby the altar.
  • Offer flowers, fruits and sweets to the god’s idols and chant mantras. 
  • Conclude the puja with Arti and take the blessings of the gods.

Conclusion

After two years, the festival of lights is finally being celebrated normally with people visiting each other and making together, free from the deadly pandemic. May this year bring success and prosperity to your friends and family as well. Happy Diwali!

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