Top 10 Diwali Greeting Cards And Gifts Ideas For Kids
1. Handmade Diwali Card With A Diya Center
2. Happy Diwali Greeting Card
3. Simple Diwali Card
4. Diya Cut Out Card
5. Shimmering Card
6. Cinnamon Candles
7. Diwali Platter
8. Paper Bag Lightning
9. Moroccan Lantern
10. Sea Shell Candles
This festival known as Diwali or Deepavali. It is the much awaited Hindu festivals in India with lots of enthusiasm. Deepavali is a Sanskrit word which means “rows of lights”. So this festival is also known as “festival of lights”. This festive season starts with the Dhanteras and ends with Bhaiya Pooja. People of all religions celebrate this festival. Even people people living abroad celebrate this festival. People celebrate this festival by making rangolis, lighting lamps, eating and distributing sweets, exchanging Diwali Greetings and Diwali Greeting Cards, Diwali Wishes and also gifts and they even burning crackers.
People buy and distribute Diwali Greeting Cards to their kith and kin. The card manufacturing companies create some beautiful Diwali Greeting Cards with beautiful and exquisite Diwali Messages and Happy Diwali Wishes. This festival is celebrated on 13th Lunar day of Krishna Paksha of the month of Ashwin every year.
This is according to the Hindu calendar. It marks the victory of good over evil. The demon king Ravana was defeated by Lord Rama when Ravana apprehended Rama’s consort Sita. When Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife, Lakshmana and lord Hanuman, the people of Ayodhya lit their streets with oil lamps to welcome their king Rama after an exile 14 years. The people of Ayodhya celebrated their first Happy Deepavali festival with pomp and pleasure.
It marked a beginning of a new era for all of them. The most important activity of Diwali is Lakshmi pooja. Along with Goddess Lakshmi several other deities also worshiped. The new moon day also known as Amavasya is the most important day of the 5 day festival. This Diwali Pooja ( also known as Lakshmi pooja) is also performed in office premises. The pen and ink bottle are sanctified by worshipping mother Kali on them. The school children are very excited about this great festival. They communicate Deepavali wishes with their near and dear ones through Facebook and emails and other media. During this festival we can see that all the shops sell Diwali greeting cards which have Happy Diwali Messages.
Five Days of Diwali in India
- October 28th 2016 – Dhanteras
- October 29th 2016 – Naraka Chaturdasi
- October 30th 2016 – Diwali pooja ( Lakshmi Pooja )
- October 31st 2016 – Karthika Shudda Padyami
- November 1st 2016 – Bhai Dooj
The most auspicious time to perform Diwali Pooja is after sunset. That time is known as “pradosh”. When Amavasya tithi prevails during pradosh, the day of Diwali pooja is decided.
SOLAR ECLIPSE ON DIWALI
Diwali pooja is done on Amavasya because that day is Auspicious. Scientifically it is proven that solar eclipse occurs only on Amavasya. That is also the new moon day. Hence this eclipse falls only on a selected area on the earth. Only some countries can see this solar eclipse. It is not visible in India. In India if the solar eclipse falls on Diwali there is a confusion of the Diwali pooja timings. Hence the Drik Panchang people have referred to some texts and have shed some light on Solar Eclipse during Diwali festival. If the Solar eclipse does not appear in India then Diwali should not be celebrated in India. If the solar eclipse is during the night and the Lunar eclipse is during the day, then there is no need of taking purification bath.
POOJA IS NOT RESTRICTED DURING ECLIPSE
Many articles and journals quote that Lakshmi pooja is prohibited during eclipse time. However as per Nirnay Sindhu and Dharma Sindhu performing Lakshmi puja is a must during the eclipse. This is because the effects of puja multiply many times. And moreover performing Lakshmi puja cannot be performed during solar eclipse because the sun is already set.
SUTAK AND LAKSHMI PUJA
Sutak is the time window of 4 prahar before solar eclipse which is a time that not permits sensual gratification. According to vedic astrology there are 8 prahar from sunrise to sunrise. That means 4 prahars equals 12 hours completely. This sutak starts before the solar eclipse starts and ends along with the grahan. That is it ends after the grahan. Suppose if we consider that Lakshmi pooja is not allowed during the solar eclipse including the sutak time period, this sutak is not required for Lakshmi puja during pradosh because of the timing issue.
There are only 2 possibilities here. The first possibility is that the solar eclipse comes on the day of Lakshmi puja. Then sutak can remain up to sunset and after that people can take a purification bath. Then the 2nd possibility is that the eclipse can occur on the day after lakshmi puja. As a matter of fact the Lakshmi puja is performed after sunset, during the pradosh, in most cases the puja can be performed before sutak starts. This is because there will be a 12 hour gap between pradosh and solar eclipse. All this is to say that Lakshmi puja can be performed on Diwali without any confusion. Even if the puja time coincides with solar eclipse in our city or region.
A firecracker is a small explosive device which generates a large amount of heat and sound when ignited. They have fuses and are wrapped in a paper casing. Fire crackers were first made in China.
The first firecracker was made out of a bamboo that was heated. It started in 200 BC. Gradually the gunpowder was invented and these gunpowder firecrackers looked like the bamboo and also made a somewhat similar sound. For the Chinese the firecrackers were used to ward off evil spirits.
The firecrackers were mostly made of cardboard or plastic. And the powder that was used is flash powder or black powder. The reason behind the loud firecracker was the pressure with which the material is packed.
In the west the firecrackers were primarily used to commemorate the festivals like Halloween and Independance day. Diwali in India. Some other countries like Nepal, Morocco, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Sri Lanka and China.
DELHI GOVERNMENT BANS CHINESE FIRECRACKERS IN INDIA
The Delhi Government has banned the import of firecrackers in India. The govt. has ensured that teams will be formed which will find the illegal import of contraband. They will check them and keep a tab on them. The centre has issued a notice in 2014 to all the people in the country they they might be tried in a court of law if they resorted to buy the Chinese Firecrackers. In Mumbai, the authorities seized some illegal Chinese firecrackers worth Rs 7.2 Crores. According to the Foreign trade Policy, firecrackers are prohibited from being imported. If we want to import or export then we need a permission to be issued in this behalf. And moreover the Chinese firecrackers are potentially dangerous because they are sensitive to friction. It was then that the authorities decided to ban these firecrackers in India. And also the Chinese firecrackers have a high proportions of Potassium Chloride and the banned potassium chlorate. These Chinese firecrackers are more likely to cause fire accidents than the rest. In Delhi, the officials confirm that illegal firecrackers worth 11 crore were seized.
In spite of the fact that there are many stories linked to the origin of Diwali, one thing that we need to acknowledge is that this is the only Hindu festival that has the power to enlighten our spirit and also has the power to make people to cleanse their soul and society.
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