The five days of deepavali

THE FIVE DAYS OF DEEPAVALI The History of Deepavali is replete with legends which are moored to the stories of Hindu religious scriptures, mostly the Puranas. Though the central theme of all legends point out to the classic truth of the victory of the good over evil, the mode of their presentation and the characters differ. Deepavali, being the festival of lights, means lighting the lamp of knowledge within us, to understand and reflect upon the significant purpose of each of the five days of festivities and to bring those thoughts into our day-to-day lives. THE FIRST DAY OF DEEPAVALI – Dhanvantari Triodasi or Dhanteras This day falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Kaartik and two days before Divali. The word ‘Dhan’ means wealth. It is in honor of the great Physician of the Gods and incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Dhanvantari Vaidya, who emerged out of the… Read more

Do you know, there are more than 1 legend about deepavali ?

ORIGINS OF DEEPAVALI Deepavali is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and across the world. The word “Divali” is a variation of the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” – Deepa meaning light and Avali, meaning a row. This festival has been referred to as Divali, Diwali, Dipavali and Deepavali among other variations. Generally, however, it is considered the Festival of Lights. Traditionally, it is marked by the lighting of deyas which are made from clay and filled with oil or ghee. Devotees also clean their homes and surroundings, wear new clothing and give charity to the needy. THE MOST COMMON LEGENDS ABOUT DEEPAVALI   THE STORY OF RAMA AND SITA One of the most common stories about Divali is the return of Lord Rama (Lord Ram) and his wife Sita to Ayodhya after their fourteen year exile. This is related in the Ramayana (i.e. the Story of Rama). It tells the tale of… Read more

Is Halloween a festival or a commercialize party time

Halloween, is it a festival or a cult practice? While many pray, meditate, spiritual cleanse their homes to ward away the bad luck, evil, or bad aura.. on the other end, during the halloween season, some hang monsters, witches, skeletons, blood and many scary stuffs in their houses which seems like welcoming these scary things into their homes. Although I’m never against the idea of fun but these kind of fun is scary.. hahahaha.. These days people celebrate everything.. yeah. All we need is a holiday to gather with friends and family and any festival a good time for it. In Singapore, St Patrick’s day, Beer Feast, Valentine’s day and Halloween are the best times for these hang outs… (maybe not for valentine’s day).. lol. Most of the time we don’t have much idea about the history of these days.. as long as friends and booze are present.. any day… Read more