Why Different Religions Celebrate Diwali / Bandi Chhor Divas

 Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is a significant festival celebrated across various religions and cultures. While its origins lie in Hinduism, it has transcended religious boundaries and become a joyous occasion for millions of people. Here’s how Diwali is celebrated by different faiths:

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  1. Hinduism:
    • Diwali is most prominently associated with Hinduism. It marks the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating the demon-king Ravana. People light oil lamps (diyas), burst firecrackers, and decorate their homes to welcome Lord Rama.
    • The festival also honors Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and prosperity. Hindus perform puja (ritual worship) to seek her blessings.
    • Diwali is a time for family gatherings, feasting, and exchanging gifts.
  1. Jainism:
    • For Jains, Diwali holds additional significance. It commemorates Lord Mahavira’s attainment of nirvana (liberation from the cycle of rebirth).
    • Jains light lamps and engage in prayers, emphasizing spiritual awakening and inner illumination.
  1. Sikhism:
    • Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas on Diwali. It marks the release of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji from imprisonment in the Gwalior Fort.
    • Sikhs visit gurdwaras, listen to hymns, and participate in community meals (langar).
  1. Buddhism:
    • Some Buddhists celebrate Diwali as Ashoka Vijayadashami. It commemorates Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism and his commitment to non-violence.
    • Buddhists light lamps and reflect on the path to enlightenment.
  2. Common Themes:
    • Across all faiths, Diwali symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
    • People decorate their homes, wear new clothes, share sweets, and express gratitude.

In essence, Diwali unites people in celebrating life, joy, and the triumph of goodness. 

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