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Diwali 2019 in Australia
The festival of light is on its way. Diwali or Deepavali; an age-old religious holiday which celebrates the forces which support life on Earth, as well as the Devas, or gods, and their struggle against Asuras, or demons.
Guardian Vaults as a family owned business has celebrated Diwali through their 17 year history, as it marks an important cultural and religious time of the year for the Hindu community. Below is a brief guide to the days of Diwali in 2019, and their significance, and how Guardian Vaults can assist in the celebrations, with the gift giving tradition of Diwali.
2019 – Celebrating Diwali Timeline
Families come together to celebrate, and to observe the religious rituals which have enabled the holiday to retain its deep cultural significance for so many centuries. The holiday itself lasts for five days, with each day possessing a significance of its own.
Day 1: Diwali – Dhanteras
On the first day which falls on the 25th of October, 2019, cleaning takes place, as the home is prepared for the festivities to come. This custom may have its roots in practicality but has taken on a far more profound importance over the centuries. Buying precious metals such as gold on the first day is considered to be lucky. Guardian Vaults and Guardian Gold can provide minted gold products for this occasion, being able to select from a range mints.
Day 2: Narak Chaturdasi
The second day of Diwali, the 26th of October, is the day of decoration, when clay lamps are placed around the home, and powders and coloured sand is used to create rangoli patterns on the floors of homes. The clay lanterns — in some traditions — mirror those that lit the homecoming of Rama and Sita in the ancient tradition.
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja
On the third day, the 27th of October, families come together, and a prayer is offered to the goddess Lakshmi. The prayer — known as Lakshmi Puja — is one of the most venerable of all the Diwali customs, and is among the most important parts of the festival for Hindus. Feasting usually follows the prayer, as well as fireworks displays.
Day 4: Govardhan Puja
On the fourth day 28th of October, the transition from the old year to the new takes place. This is when friends and family members visit one another, bringing their gifts and best wishes to ensure the best possible start to the new year. At Diwali, the extended family is of great importance, so these traditions help to reinforce that spirit of togetherness and solidarity.
Day 5: Bhai Dooj
The fifth and final day of Diwali is the 29th of October, when, traditionally, brothers will visit the homes of their sisters who have been married. The sister and her new family will provide a meal for the brother, and together they will mark the end of the Diwali period.
Unique to all, the Diwali Festival provides as a celebration seen around the world. For more information on how Guardian Vaults and Guardian Gold can assist in Diwali gifts, contact below.
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