Diwali, the most significant festival of the Hindu community, is today and everyone seems to be happy. A large number of people took to Twitter to extend felicitations to all those who are celebrating, including Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists.
Since its a festival, people go shopping with families and prepare various food items at home as part of celebrations. They also decorate the mandirs inside their homes.
The Hindu Diwali story varies across different parts of India, with interpretations involving different deities and demons. In north India, people light rows of clay lamps to celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to the ancient city of Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana. In south India, it is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Narakasura.
On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival also called Diwali to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira while Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison. Meanwhile, Newar Buddhists, unlike the majority of Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshiping Lakshmi.
Wish You Very #HappyDiwali
Let’s take a look at some of the numerous greetings being shared on social media, using hashtags #Diwali and #HappyDiwali:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 18, 2017
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) October 19, 2017
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) October 19, 2017
Wishing you all endless laughter, happiness, peace, prosperity & all things awesome. Happy Diwali! 🤗✨❤️ pic.twitter.com/wP9pcauFf6
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) October 19, 2017
— Salman🇮🇳 (@salmanrobertqad) October 19, 2017
— Bhawna Mahajan (@bhawnam91) October 19, 2017
#HappyDiwali to all of my friends, mates and coworkers who celebrate this festival! How do you enjoy this time?
— Sebastian Zack (@Zack_Digital) October 19, 2017
Unprecedented shopping this Diwali in almost every city. Floods of shoppers. I am really happy that people are spending without worries. Such huge expenditure is good for our economy.
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) October 19, 2017