Dipavali, or Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and is celebrated in the autumnal months, all over India – and especially northern and central India – with gusto. It signifies a triumph of light over darkness or a victory of good and righteousness over evil. The Sanskrit dīpāvali literally means a row or series of lights and references to its celebration can be traced to as far back as 1 BC, over 2000 years ago in the Upanishads. While the reasons for its celebration vary between the many regions of India, “all the stories associated with Deepavali, however, speak of the joy connected with the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil”, according to some anthropologists.
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The festival of Holi symbolises a celebration of the victory of good over evil, heralding the arrival of spring and the end of winter, in vast parts of India. For many it is a day for social gatherings to splash each other with colours, of laughter, forgiveness and to reset and renew ruptured relationships.
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Holi is one of the oldest and most celebrated festivals of India. There are many interesting stories associated with the festival’s origin as one moves across the different states from North to South and East to West. Paintings and scriptures depict the roots of the festival and mythology plays a very important part in narrating the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of Holi origin relates to ‘Holika Dahan’ and Legend of Radha-Krishan. Read More Holi Celebrations at JAWAI!
The festival of Holi formally ushers in basant or spring in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across India with colours. The occasion remembers the devotion of Prince Prahlada (a devotee of Vishnu) and his conquest of evil through the burning of Holika, the sister of the demon-king Hiranyakashyap. The end of oppression and tyranny is subtly linked with the beginning of joyous spring. For many, offerings are made to a bonfire on the eve of Holi day; symbolic offerings that see off winter and welcome spring. Read More Holi and Ranthambhore