Diwali is North India’s most celebrated festival. Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated in almost every part of the country with great fervor and enthusiasm. Children love to celebrate this festival. They pop firecrackers, play games and have fun with friends. But as parents, you have to teach facts about Diwali and its significance. Here are some facts about Diwali for the kids to better appreciate the importance of the festival.
Why Is Diwali Celebrated?
Children can enjoy learning about mythological characters and their stories. A better way to teach your child about the rich and vibrant culture and tradition by telling them various Diwali tales.
Stories to illustrate Diwali’s history to children:
1. Return of Lord Rama
Diwali is celebrated in memory of Lord Rama’s return from exile. Lord Rama was King Dashrath’s eldest son and married Sita. The king chose to give his eldest son the kingdom. The King’s decision angered Queen Kaikeyi, and she conspired and begged King Dashrath to send Lord Rama into exile for 14 years. Lord Rama has left with Sita and his brother Laxman. In those 14 years, they suffered many ordeals, and the biggest being the king Ravana’s abduction of Sita. Rama defeated and killed Ravan and returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. People celebrated the return of Rama by lighting ‘ diyas ‘ and bursting crackers, and this day has since been celebrated to commemorate the return of Rama.
2. Story Of Goddess Laxmi
The goddess Laxmi’s birth story begins with Sage Durvasa and Lord Indra’s meeting. Sage Durvasa offers Lord Indra, who places it on his elephant’s forehand, Airavat, a garland of flowers. But it is thrown on the Earth by the elephant. Sage Durvasa becomes angry and curses Lord Indra that the way the garland has been destroyed will ruin his kingdom. Lord Indra returns to Amravati, his capital, only to find all was destroyed there. Gods became weak and they were invaded by demons. The gods went to Lord Vishnu after losing, who suggested that if they wanted to restore their power back to’ Amrit’ or immortality potion, the oceans would be churned. On the ‘ new moon day ‘ Goddess was raised from the ocean, and the same day she accepted Lord Vishnu as her consort. In celebration of the union of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishu, many Hindu cultures celebrate Diwali.
Significance Of “5 Days of Diwali”
Diwali is not an affair of one day. This festival has been going on for 5 days. Not only is sharing sweets, spreading love, and bursting crackers limited to Diwali’s day, but it starts two days before Diwali and continues up to two days after Diwali. Here’s what Diwali signifies for five days:
1. Dhanteras: 1st Day Of Celebration
Dhanteras is regarded as the first day of this five-day festival. Goddess Laxmi is adorned for prosperity on this day. People believe that one should buy gold, silver, a house, a car or anything they want to honor the goddess on this auspicious day. People decorate their homes and go out for valuables shopping.
2. Choti Diwali: 2nd Day Of Celebration
This day is important as people celebrate Lord Krishna and Satyabhama’s joyous victory over demon Narakasura. People wake up early and take a bath with fragrant oils to channelize positive energy. People light earthen lamps and pray.
3. Diwali: 3rd Day Of Celebration
While people celebrating Diwali on this day, this day is the most important day of the 5-day festival. People use diyas, flowers, and Rangoli to decorate their homes. Sweets were served to family and friends. On this day, people worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha and pray for prosperity and happiness.
4. Govardhan Pooja: 4th Day Of Celebration
The fourth day of the five-day festival marks the celebration of Govardhan Pooja. Lord Krishna raised the Govardhan Hill, according to one of the folklore to save the villagers from the rain fiasco caused by Lord Indra. People make miniature mountains and worship these mountains for their family’s safety and protection.
5. Bhai Dooj: 5th Day Of Celebration
The final day of this 5-day festival ends with a brother-sister relationship being celebrated. It is believed that Lord Krishna met his sister after killing the demon Narakasura. The sister was pleased with her brother’s triumph by adorning a’ Tilak’ on the forehead of Lord Krishna. Brothers and sisters unite and celebrating the holy connection on this auspicious day. Sisters pray for the long life of their brother and brothers give gifts to their sisters.
Tips to Make Diwali a Safe Occasion for Kids
Diwali is a festival you and your family celebrate together. However, when dealing with’ diyas’ and crackers, you may need to be careful with your kids The best way to enjoy festivals is to celebrate them in a safe and healthy way. Here is some Diwali information for children that you may want to share with your kids:
- Ensure that your children are wearing cotton fitted clothes, and there are no loose ends.
Don’t let your child approach the firecracker instantly that doesn’t burst, as it may take time to explode sometimes and it may lead to injury.
- Don’t let your kid burst crackers inside the house. Go to open spaces for the crackers to burst.
- If crackers like “chakries” or “anar” burst, ensure you place them on a uniform surface to avoid mishaps.
- Don’t let your kids handle firecrackers or matchsticks. Ensure that you support your child
- If the firecracker is bursting by someone else, make sure that you let them finish before lighting your cracker.
- You never have to leave your children unattended if crackers burst Ensure that they are always accompanied by an adult or are supervised by an adult.
- Mishaps are bound to occur, especially when working with firecrackers. Therefore, to deal with any emergencies, you must have a first aid kit handy.
- If you burst firecrackers, fill a bucket full of water and keep it close by. In the case of any fire mishap, you can use this or you can also use it to remove burnt firecrackers.
Ensure that there are no flammable objects lying in the immediate vicinity where crackers can explode.
So, these are some of the significance and facts about Diwali for your kids.
Celebrate Diwali, the lights festival with joy, zeal, and love, but also share with your children the importance of this pious five-day festival. And have a fun-filled and prosperous Diwali with your loved ones.
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