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Diwali Customs From Across The Country

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Diwali is one of the most important festivals of India. In most part of North India, Diwali is celebrated in commemoration of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after his triumph over Ravana. However, there are many other legends also associated with Diwali.

Lighting up the home with oil lamps or diyas, having delicious food and family time are common customs across households throughout the country. However, India is also a land of diversities, and depending on which state or region you're in, there may be different customs or traditions that are followed. 

These customs include the burning of Narakasura effigies in Andhra Pradesh and the Thala Deepavali for newlyweds in Tamil Nadu. They have been around for generations and add their own spark to the festivities. 

Swipe through the pages of our ClipBook to know about some more interesting customs.

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Applying Kajal

In some parts of India, women apply Kajal to their eyes on the night of Diwali. In Gujarat and parts of North India, a diya is left burning with ghee the entire night. In the morning, the black residue left behind in the diya is taken by the women...

Burning Narakasura Effigy

In Goa, Andhra Pradesh and parts of South India, effigies of the demon king Narakasura are paraded and burnt. This festival is called Naraka Chaturdasi. Allying with Diwali's theme of the victory of good over evil, this custom is followed to remem...

Lighting The House

After spending 14 years away from Ayodhya, Rama returned back following his victory of Ravana. According to legend, the people of the town lit diyas and candles along the path to welcome him home today. This tradition is practiced across the count...

Offerings To Dhanwantari

In Kerala, offerings are made to Dhanwantari, the god of Ayurveda. Generally, people have an oil bath before sunrise and then eat a mixture of dry ginger and jaggery, which is considered to be the offering to the God of Ayurveda...

Thala Deepavali

Thala Deepavali is the fist time that a newlywed couple celebrates Diwali after marriage. The newlyweds normally go to the bride's home where they are welcomed with sweets and presented with new clothes. This is an age-old tradition that has been ...

Buying Property

Diwali is the time of the year when large investments are made in property across the country. This is particularly common in western India, especially the state of Gujarat. Since Diwali is the season of prosperity, it is considered to be an auspi...

Leaving Doors Open For Lakshmi

In many parts of India, particularly in the North and East, people leave the doors of their homes open to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. A silver coin is also placed in a glass of milk, which is then sprinkled across different parts of the household...

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