We all know the festival of lights, Deepavali, is just around the corner. All the medias started to promote the colourful celebration massively. Have you wonder, why do we need to this guideline to celebrate Deepavali when we were celebrating it for centuries? The answer will be a definite YES. Yes, we do need this simple guideline. In this materialistic world everything has been commercialised including Deepaavali. No one can deny the fact that, the Gen Y is slowly forgetting the actual reason Deepavali is celebrated.
Everyone is following their own culture and teachings. But most Hindus are more concerned about their convenience over culture. The Hindu culture has been modified according to their needs and convenience. Many will agree that, the Gen Y do not know why Deepavali is celebrated in the first place. We will leave that a side and focus on how to celebrate Deepavali.
On the day of Deepavali, every Hindu must take oil bath and get blessings from the parents and the elderly in the house. Then visit temple for prayers with traditional clothes. IE, Dhosthi and shirt for men and saree or ‘paavadai and thaavani’ for women and girls. After the prayers, we welcome our guests to our house and provide them with delicious vegetarian meal. We also can visit our relatives on this auspicious day. Our other race brothers and sisters always love Indian food. We may serve non-vegetarian food specially for them but it solely depends on the individuals.
But, we should not forget the less fortunate people around us too. There are way too many orphanages and old folks homes around the country. If you have the time and resources, you should visit these homes and celebrate Deepavali with them. If possible, based on your affordability, you may buy some new clothes for the people in the homes and cook a good meal at their place and enjoy at least 1 meal together with them at their place. You can be their relative at least for that one day. We should not stop that there. Based on your availability and resources, you must continue to do this whenever possible, not only when there is something to celebrate. That can be a motivator for those left alone there.
Deepavali is celebrated because the demon was demolished and it brought light and life to the world. In the same manner we must identify negative habits within us and must destroy them and instill a new positive habit or improve an existing positive habit. This is similar to our new year resolution. By doing so, we will achieve success personally, for the society and for the country.