Diwali, the celebration of lights, is the most admired festivals of South Asia. It is a happy festival of all religions. Diwali denotes the start of the Hindu New Year in proportion to the Lunar Calendar. Diwali when translated exactly means the “Row of Lights” (derived from Sanskrit where ‘dipa’ means ‘lamp’ and ‘awali’ means ‘row or line’). Diwali is celebrated as the conquest of decency over wickedness, light over obscurity and guide in the New Year.
History or legend behind Diwali:
There exists a number mythology and tales about the vibrant Diwali festival. These include the tale of Bali, appearance of Goddess Laxmi, Krisna-Narakasur battle, grand victory of Rama against Ravana and so many other stories. On Diwali day, people wear new clothes and celebrate the day with sweets, crackers and happiness all around.
Diwali in Rajasthan:
Rajasthan is always the soil of festivals and celebrations all around the year. Diwali in Rajasthan is an unlimited festivity of life and also it is a great time for gathering. Rajasthanis always look forward to find for a reason to gather together in festivity and relax from their same old craggy, hard-hitting lifestyle. The sophisticated customs and the jollity with which they submit themselves to the plentiful fairs & festivals of the state showcase their absolute enthusiasm for existence. Without a doubt, Diwali is the most popular of all Rajasthan fiestas and is celebrated with great enthusiasm each year between October-November. The Indians who live in India would be longing to commemorate Diwali whereas the Indians who live out of the country would ensure that their yearly vacation to India is in tune with the Diwali time. Happiness as a consequence of victory of good over immorality is the feature of Diwali.
Jaipur Diwali 2013:
Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan commemorates Diwali in its own style with great fervor and tradition. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is ethnically animated city while Diwali applies more vibrant shades to its original culture. The keenness with which Jaipur commemorates Diwali, the carnival of lights has to be observed personally so as to accept as true. Since Jaipur is mainly a city of traders, on Diwali, the deity of tribute is none other than that the goddess of wealth, Laxmi Devi. A few tourists just happen to be lucky to see the diwali celebration in jaipur. Few others visit Jaipur during Diwali deliberately as they are attracted by Flickr albums & Lonely Planets. Whatsoever would be the reason for visiting Jaipur during Diwali, the number of foreigners celebrating Diwali in Jaipur increases year on year . Jaipur city is famous internationally and people from remote lands come to observe this bright burlesque of lights and gladness. At the time of Diwali, a kaleidoscope of animated colors flows through the bedecked streets. Malevolence spirits perturbing mankind are destroyed in creative ways, like with crackers and colorful fireworks!! The entire streets, shops & buildings of Jaipur are immersed in the splendor of vivid lights and embellishments. Glittering lights, Crackers, festooned houses and shops, vibrant roads and streets and of course, the people of Jaipur dressed up in beautiful, time-honored Indian attires can be seen all over Jaipur on Diwali day. The entire Pink City glitters like a bride with special glow throughout the celebrations of Diwali.
Johri Bazar, Jaipur:
Johari Bazar, a famous Jewelry market in Jaipur is the most important marketplace on Diwali. Johari Bazar Vyapar mandal (the “Traders association of Johari Bazar”) is usually decorated vibrantly for Diwali festival. In actual fact, the ‘Johari Bazaar’ here is cordially called as the ‘The Strip’, during Diwali. This is because Johari bazaar looks like ‘The Strip’ of Las Vegas. The whole market place amazes the spectators with its impressive decorations. Not only ‘Johari Bazaar’ is festooned beautifully, but all other market places in Jaipur are well-known for their Diwali decorations and each year, the most well adorned market receives a grand prize. Diwali time is also ideal for memento shopping where shoppers can pick beautiful memento from amongst approximately 2000 types of clay lamps that are created in the shape of birds, deities and animals. The heart jumps with delight and revels reach an upsurge during Diwali. Nevertheless, this is possibly the most favorite gala festival that is celebrated almost all over India. Hence, if you would like to experience a regional version of ‘The Strip’ region of Las Vegas, then, you should visit Jaipur during Diwali!! It would like the Indian Strip area!!!
As fireworks and beautifully created lights light up all corners of the world during diwali, lets pray for the light to let some glow not only into houses but also into your life.
This year, Diwali was celebrated between November 01 and 05, 2013 in Rajasthan with great trumpet blast, extravagant cuisines, desserts, crucial shopping and tons of excitement. Hope you all had a wonderful and prosperous Diwali!!