Diwali and the Indian Marriage

Deepawali (Diwali) and the Indian Marriage Culture

Diwali is one of the major Hindu festival of India. Celebrated to mark the return of Lord Ram, his brother Lakshman and Goddess Sita – his wife, to Ayodhya after their 14 years of exile, it is celebrated with festive fervour across the nation. Diwali sees the houses brightly lit with traditional diyas vying with the modern lights. It means spring cleaning to ward off bad omens and welcome prosperity in the lives and houses of people. 

“May the brightness of shimmering lanterns always stay in your life & make you bright;”
“May the brightness of shimmering lanterns always stay in your life & make you bright;”

Diwali holds a special place in an Indian marriage. It is an auspicious time to affirm matrimonial alliances. Be it an arranged or a love match, the couples and their families meet to mark an affirmation for a wedding on one of the greatest festivals in the country. Something common in the north and south of India. 

Across the geographies in our large country, a couple’s first Diwali holds a special importance. Newly-weds are the cynosure of everyone’s eyes. Celebrated with puja and gifts for the couple, it is a time for the new life partners to seek blessings from the almighty and the family elders for a fulfilling married life. 

The couple wears clothes and jewelry gifted by family and celebrates with a special puja. The groom receives gifts from his in-laws. Puja, gourmet food, lights, colourful rangolis, and celebrations adorn the festival. 

Both families celebrate with each other. Friends and family use this occasion to invite the newly-weds. It becomes an occasion to break the ice with each others’ families and friends. An Indian bride in a traditional home is expected to be adept at the puja and cooking the Diwali specials. All eyes are on the new bride for sure. 

The customs in North and South India differ in some ways to celebrate the joyous occasion. South India celebrates Diwali in the morning whereas the North celebrates it in the evening. 

Diwali is about new hopes and new beginnings. And, considering the focus there is on marriage in India, Diwali assumes a special place in an Indian marriage and the life of  couples.

Why First Diwali After Shaadi Is Always Special?

The first year of shaadi is a celebration itself and to add to it, the quintessential festival of Deepawali (Diwali) brings more love, more care and of course more presents. There are lights, hopes, jitters, love and a lot of expectations from the newly-weds. Celebrating festivals with your new family adds to this life-long celebration, we call Shaadi, Marriage.

You will always cherish the memories of your first Diwali celebrated with your life partner. People of different culture celebrate this festival in different ways. To make your first Diwali (Deepawali) with your in-laws more special, efforts need to be put in by the husband as well as the wife. Whether you are in South India or North India, the festival holds the same importance; however, the way of celebration may change. To make it more special for all you newly-weds, we have jotted down some of the interesting customs performed by North and South Indian household so that you celebrate this Diwali in a fun-filled yet traditional way.

A newly weeding girls is filled with excitement, both joyful and nervous excitement joyful because the first Diwali (Deepawali) always hold more value and nervous because she has to impress her in-laws. Whatever it may be, the first Diwali with your husband and in-laws will always be cherished by you throughout your life.

“Wish you all a Very Very Happy Diwali and Hope that Every Person Transform from the Darkness to the Happiness.”
“Wish you all a Very Very Happy Diwali and Hope that Every Person Transform from the Darkness to the Happiness.”

Top temples to visit during Diwali

All temples conduct religious rituals during Diwali. However, a few temples take the celebrations and rituals to the next level. Here are the top temples to visit during Diwali.

  1. Mahalaxmi temple of Mumbai
  2. Sitladevi temple of Mumbai
  3. Kanak Bhavan temple of Ayodhya
  4. Ramaswamy temple of Rameshwaram
  5. Ram Mandir of Odisha
  6. Golden Temple of Amritsar
  7. Kodandarama temple of Karnataka

Best delicacies to try during Diwali (Deepawali)

  1. Samosa – Pastry puff stuffed with vegetables.
  2. Chirote – Sugary stuffed deep fried snack.
  3. Barfi – Coconut sweet.
  4. Karanji – Crescent shaped poppy seed coconut sweet.
  5. Aloo tikki – Potato snack served with yogurt and tamarind sauce.
  6. Mawa kachori – Round sweets made with semolina and coconut.
  7. Anarsa – Rice dish made with jaggery and poppy seeds.
  8. Choddo shak – Bengal based snack made with stir fried greens and herbs.
  9. Gulab Jamun – Flour balls soaked with scented sugar syrup.

Diwali Dates 2019

Important DaysDateDay
Dhanteras, 1st Day25th October 2019Friday
Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali, 2nd Day26th October 2019Saturday
Diwali, 3rd Day27th October 2019Sunday
Govardhan Puja, 4th Day28th October 2019Monday
Bhai Dhooj, 5th Day29th October 2019Tuesday

Diwali Celebration in India 2019

Diwali (Deepawali) is the festival of lights. People celebrate the day by lighting oil lamps, bursting crackers and enjoying a cultural family time to remember that Good always prevail over Evil. However, the mythology behind the Diwali Celebration in India has different stories.

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