Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Diwali, the Hindu
Festival of Light
Oct 24 : 02 days to Diwali
Did you know that Hindus believe in one all-powerful Absolute, called Brahman?
Hinduism, however, is classified as a polytheistic faith, because aspects of the Brahman are represented by thousands of gods and goddesses, including Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Preserver), Shiva (Destroyer), and Lakshmi (Wealth). In fact, Hindu is said to be a religion of a million and one gods.
BTW – Today is Dhanteras, the 1st of the 5 days of the Diwali festival.
In many regions of India and other Hindu nations, the first day of Diwali is marked by a holiday called Dhanteras. At sunset, Hindus bathe and offer a diya (lighted oil lamp) to Yama Raj, the Lord of Death, for protection from an untimely death.
Homes and business are decorated with diyas and kandils (colorful paper lanterns). Many also offer a fire ritual for good health and strength in the coming year.
Diwali, or the “festival of lights” is celebrated by Hindus across India and the huge Hindu diaspora spread all over the world. This multi-day festival, whose name literally means “row of lighted lamps“, is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm and is the most important Hindu festival on the annual calendar. Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Diwali.
Diwali begins Wednesday October 26, 2011.