How Diwali is celebrated in Karachi
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Diwali main theme is the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over idiocy.
Diwali is derived from Sanskrit language word Dipavali which means a row of lamps. Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Diyari (Dip wari). It is primarily a Hindu festival celebrated every autumn every year by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jain around the globe and they also celebrate it for various reasons.
Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November, however, the date changes each year it's calculated as per the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar.
People celebrate Diwali with joy and temples, homes, shops and offices decorated with candles and glowing lights and gigantic firework exhibited, while families’ nosh-up is arranged and people share gifts with each other.
Diwali rituals are celebrated five consecutive days, and the third night day is coinciding with the darkest night of Hindu lunisolar month of Kartika.
What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated in Karachi?
Diwali is the festival of lights; it’s the most significant festival in Indian Culture. Fireworks are exhibited; prayers and celebratory events are organized around the world by the Hindus.
While each and every faith followers have their own reasons to celebrate the festival, one of the most prominent stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita arrival to their kingdom in northern India from their exile after defeating the devil King Ravanna in 15th century BC.
Hindus comprise approximately 1.92% of Pakistan's population and there are approximately 5 million Hindus living in Pakistan. Most of the Hindus population is in Sindh province of Pakistan and there is a very tiny number of populations of Hindus in other parts of Pakistan.
How Diwali is celebrated in Karachi
Diwali celebrated with enormous joy and Diya (a small lamp), lightings, home decoration, fireworks, especial Puja (prayers), sharing gifts, food-gala and sweets are distributed, Pakistani flaglets flapped in the backdrop on the observance days.
The ritual of the festival lasts for three to five consecutive days. The first day of Diwali is called Dhaneteras, on this day people buy gold and other items. The next day in the early morning worship rituals performed in homes to pay tribute to Lakhsmi Devi (Goddess of wealth).
In the evening, people go out to their friends, families where they share sweets with them.
Where Diwali is celebrated in Karachi
The Shri SwaminarayanMandir, Karachi: The biggest Hindu temple in Karachi, located
Bunder road; Built-in 1849 The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (temple) is the sole Swaminarayan temple in Pakistan, and, this the temple belongs to NarNarayan Dev Gadi of Swaminarayan Samady.
People dressed with apparels having hues of red, yellow and saffron colors makes queues to pray inside the temple
Near the corridors of the temple, children and young people light up firecrackers depicting colorful trial in the night sky.
People draw beautiful and amazing Rangoli (a type of handmade colorful pattern) on the floor with sand, rice and flower petals.
In the evening of Diwali, People kindle clay lamps (Diyo, Diya), make Rangoli and pray to Lakshmi Devi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity).
Narayanpura home to Hindus, Sikhs and Christian’s located congested neighborhood in Ranchor Lines is another place where people celebrate Diwali. Here people regardless of religious or creed differences indulge to participate in the happiest festivities.
Diwali message by politicians
Sometimes ago when there was no bunch of media outlets in Pakistan, however, in recent years Hindu festivals in Pakistan are getting enormous media coverage with considerate attention and this is how our Hindu brothers are getting greetings with more attention which they deserve.
Sindh is the land of Sufism, peace, tolerance, and tranquility. Festivals are the reason for joy and regardless of social and religious differences celebration is naturally adaptable by each human being. In Pakistan especially in Sindh many Muslims who reside with Hindus in Sindh celebrate and send wishes, gifts of Diwali festival with their Hindu brothers. Each year Government of Sindh announces a public holiday on the occasion of Diwali.
Read more about the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on Wikipedia