Top 10 Best Festivals of Light

Several different cultures and beliefs around the world have given birth to a variety of festivals to celebrate one’s heritage and bring families and societies closer. Some of these festivals are simply small peaceful processions while others are huge symbols of joy with colourful displays, fireworks and amazing rituals. With the advent of globalisation, these festivals have now evolved into global celebrations with tourist participations and large scale festivities.

10. Festival of Lights Berlin

9. St. Lucia’s Day

8. Hanukkah

7. Festival of lights Lyon

6. East Peoria Festival of Lights

5. Las Fallas

4. Aomori Nebuta Matsuri

3. Loykrathong festival


Diwali or deepavali, the Indian festival of lights, it is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India is traditionally celebrated for a period of four days usually during October – November. With a diverse cultural heritage of India this festival signifies different things in different parts of the country. In northern India, Diwali is a symbol of the coming home of lord Rama  to Ayodhya after he vanquished Ravana; in Gujarat it is celebrated in honour of the goddess of wealth Lakshmi and the Bengalis pay homage to goddess Kali. This festival is celebrated by lighting diyas (earthen oil lamps) at home, decorating the entrances with rangolis(patterns coloured with powdered colours) wearing new clothes and exchanging gifts with friends and relatives and of course lots of bright and colourful fireworks which indicate joy. It is also customary to gamble on Diwali night since it is believed that goddess Parvati while playing dice game with her spouse lord Shiva said that prosperity would befall whoever gambled on Diwali night. A festival to celebrate with families and new beginnings it transforms the whole of India into a bright and shining diya.

1. Lantern Festival of China

Also known as Yuanxiao festival or the Shangyuan festival, the Chinese lantern festival is celebrated on the first month in the lunisolar year of the lunar calendar. These lanterns are seen everywhere-outside homes, shops, and on the streets. It basically marks the last day of the lunar New Year and is the official ending to the New Year celebrations. There are various legends associated with the origin of these intricately decorated lanterns which are primarily red in colour. According to one legend the festival was begun by the first emperor of china Qinshihuang to please the god of heaven Taiyi, another legend tells that the festivities were done to commemorate the brave death of Land moon, a courageous warrior who rebelled against the tyrannical king. However the main purpose of this festival which usually falls in the month of February is celebrating positive bonds between families, nature and people and letting go of the past and heralding the New Year and the beginning of a new future.

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