Diwali is here! The festival of lights and happiness! Of sweets and crackers and new clothes! Diwali is celebrated for six days, starting from Vasu Baras, when people offer food to cows and do pooja. Next is Dhanteras. This is the day when we traditionally worship money or assets. It is said that Dhanvantari, the God of Medicine, came out of the ocean and gave the science of Ayurveda to human beings. The third day is Natak Chaturdashi. The fourth is Lakshmi Poojan. Next comes Padwa and the last day is Bhaubeej or Bhai Dooj.
The main story behind Diwali is that Ram returned to Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman, after defeating the wicked rakshas, Ravan of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya were overjoyed to see their King return, and lit lamps all over their homes to celebrate and welcome them back. To this day, we follow the tradition of lighting clay lamps with cotton wicks all over our homes.
But there are many other tales and folklore associated with Diwali.
Let’s look at some of them here –