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The Dark Reality Behind The Festival Of Light - 'Diwali'
Why do we celebrate Diwali? How over the years, we have changed the actual meaning of Diwali Festival
If we look at the festival, it is not just the day of Diwali but is a week-long festival, and the festivity atmosphere starts to build right after the Karva Chauth itself. The five-day-long festival includes Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Diwali, Bhai Dooj and Govardhan Puja.
During the Diwali days, precisely, one or two family members leave their houses with a handful of gifts they prefer to deliver (give) to their loved ones just because they are supposed to be shared. Now which relative/ friend gets what is mitigated by a few things-
– The social standard and class of the relative/ friend
– The gifts received for that relative/ friend, the previous Diwali
– The kind of hospitality they receive
What happens on their visit?
Generally, as many gifts are to be distributed, people don't prefer to spend much time at one relative's place. The relatives often serve with a tray filled with dry fruits specially plated for the guests who visit on Diwali. And while bidding goodbye, the relatives often give a gift as a token of love.
Diwali is festival of Light, But Here is the dark reality behind it
We would not have had a problem with this if the festival's spirit hadn't been tarnished by this gift exchange ritual and class-based distribution. The tradition of fireworks is the second thing that disappoints us, which will come later.
The Ritual of fireworks: Was that even a ritual in the traditional celebration?
And this socioeconomic status isn't restricted to gift distribution;
Well, we wonder if this was why the Ayodhya-vasis celebrated Rama's victory over evils, ills, ignorance, and darkness. With the revamping of Diwali meetings to gift distribution, the scud idea of the class divide, discrimination and show-off gets enforced. And with the celebration of burning firecrackers, we are giving way to pollution and creating trouble for the future generation. Honestly, this was not the kind of celebration Ayodhya-vasi did, not something that lord Ram wanted and definitely not promoting the purpose of Diwali.
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