Diwali is celebrated in the auspicious month of October all across India. Primarily a Hindu festival, Diwali is now a common festival for all communities. Usually, the Navaratri celebrations pave the way to Diwali festivities.This ‘festival of light’ is marked by beaming diyas, bright colored new clothes, and homes filled with the sweet fragrance of desserts. It is a festival which brings families closer and strengthens the familial bond.
How is Diwali Celebrated in India?
Urban India celebrates Diwali with card parties, delicious spread of food and burning fire-crackers. Traditionally Diwali is associated with a bunch of rituals all across India. The variety of rituals and the significance behind each is fascinating. So if you are planning a trip to any part of India to get a first-hand experience of these, here is a list of the interesting ways by which India celebrates Diwali.
6 Amazing States in India to Experience Diwali
1. Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is one of the best cities to experience Diwali. Considered the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya is the centre of most of the festivities that occur during Diwali. The day is marked as the homecoming day of Lord Rama after he defeated the demon king Ravana.
In Varanasi, Diwali is an elaborate affair with a special Ganga Arti. The Ganga Ghat is beautifully lit up with diyas and people from all across the world visit Varanasi to experience this mesmerizing sight.
No list of best cities to celebrate Diwali is complete without the inclusion of Delhi. The mythical city of Indraprastha was considered to be situated in modern-day Delhi.
Usually, Diwali night is marked by burning fireworks and decorating homes with candles and diyas. Then later, families gather to worship idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. The streets are decorated with fairy lights and people set up stalls where you can sample the best street food from Delhi.
People from Gujarat are known for their colorful festivals and amazing food. During Diwali, Gujarat is at its best as the 4-day long celebration kicks in with people buying new clothes and decorating their homes. This makes Gujarat one of the best places to experience Diwali.
This 4-day gala starts with people decorating their homes with beautiful rangolis. On the first day, Narakachaturdashi, people smash vegetables and burst crackers to depict the episode of destroying evil Narakasur. The succeeding days are marked by Lakshmi and Ganesh puja. On the last day, Bhau Beej is celebrated to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters. Stay in Ahmedabad or Surat to experience the best Diwali in India.
Diwali is celebrated in traditional colors by the people from Maharashtra. Tourists from across the country visit Maharashtra to be a part of best Diwali celebrations. It is celebrated for 4 days and consists of various rituals like worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and the sacred cow.
The best part of Diwali celebrations in Maharashtra is the food they prepare. They start preparing for Faral way before. Faral consists of sweet and savory snacks like Chakali, Laddu, Karanji, Chiwada and other festive foods. This is the time when traders open their new accounts since it marks the beginning of Hindu financial year. Friends and family visit each other during this time of the year and exchange pleasantries and best wishes. If you plan ahead hotels in Mumbai provide exciting deals for every kind of traveler.
Karnataka celebrates Deepavali on the new moon day. It is a five-day long celebration, the third and fourth day being the most important one. Known as Thali Deepavali and Balipadyami Deepavali, on these two days people clean their homes and decorate it with flowers and oil lamps.
It is celebrated to embody the Satyabhama’s victory over Narakasura.
On the day of the occasion, people decorate their home with oil lamps and burst crackers from early in the morning. People exchange sweets and good wishes to mark the beginning of a good year ahead. Another important ritual during this time is Govardhan puja which is done in by the people who practice agriculture. Holiges and Chakkulis are prepared in all households.
6. West Bengal
In West Bengal, Diwali celebrations are done in a different way. People worship Goddess Kali and light candles to honour the departed soul of their ancestors. The rituals go on for the entire night.
Later people celebrate the occasion by bursting crackers and greeting friends and family.
The three-day festivities conclude with ‘Bhai-phota’, which is celebrated by sisters praying for the good health of their brothers.
Here is our list of the best places to celebrate Diwali across India. If you think we’ve missed out any interesting tradition, let us know in the comments below. Have a happy and safe Diwali!