Deepavli or Diwali, popularly referred as   ” Festival of Lights ” , is one of the biggest festivals in India. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year celebrated between mid October and mid November and  and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.

Diwali is contraction of Deepavli meaning ” row of lamps “. This festival adds so many colors to every Indians life. People of every religion celebrate this festival with feelings of spirituality and happiness. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil. People share sweets, snacks, gifts  with their loved ones.

People from different religion may have different reasons to celebrate this eve, but yet the excitement and spirituality remains the integral part on this occasion. People decorate their houses, bring home new things, bring sweets, snacks, crackers etc. Sharing gifts with loved one is very common to view on this occasion.

Deepavli greetings in some famous Indian languages

  • Deepavali ki Shubhkamnayein (दीपावली की शुभकामनाएं):      Greeting in Hindi
  • Deepavali Nalvaazhtukkal (தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்) :    Greeting in Tamil
  • Deepavali Aashamsagal ( ദീപാവലി ആശംസകള്‍ ):       Greeting in Malayalam.
  • Deepavali Habbada Shubhashayagalu (ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಷಯಗಳು):       Greeting in Kannada
  • Deepavali Shubhakankshalu (దీపావళి శుభాకా౦క్షలు) :        Greeting in Telugu
  • Shubh Deepavali/ Diwalichya Shubhechha (शुभ दीपावली /दिवाळीच्या शुभेच्छा ):      Greeting in Marathi
  • Subho Deepavalir Preeti O Subeccha :      Greeting in Bengali
  • Happy Diwali :       Greeting in English language

Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) (most sacred place for sikhism followers) is most famous for its great Diwali celebration.

In the United States, with increasing Indian population, Diwali is assuming significant importance year after year. Diwali was first celebrated in the White House in 2003 and was given official status by the United States Congress in 2007. Barack Obama became the first president to personally attend Diwali at the White House in 2009. On the eve of his first visit to India as the President of United States, Obama released an official statement sharing best wishes with “Hindus” for Diwali. Indians in the US celebrate Diwali in different parts of the US, just as in India.

The Diwali Mela in Cowboys Stadium boasted an attendance of 100,000 people in 2009. In 2009, San Antonio became the first U.S. city to sponsor an official Diwali celebration including a fireworks display and 5000 people in attendance. In 2011, The Pierre in New York City, now operated by Tata Group’s Taj Hotels, hosted its first Diwali celebration.

Most of the status updates on Facebook are on Diwali with everyone wishing their greeting of Diwali to their friends. There are many photos uploaded and friends tagged in those photos just to wish Diawali in a special way. Here are some of nice status updates on Diwali .

1.  May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes..

2. May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self.

3. May you all attain full inner illumination, May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding.

4. The truth is that existence wants your life to become a festival because when you are unhappy, you also throw unhappiness all around.

5. This Diwali I wish you get a lot of crackers but you don’t get a match box to lit them. Save environment, so no to crackers.

6.Today I feel gifted and blessed that my Diwali is full of affection, love, celebrations as it was always. May God always keep his blessings on us like this.

7. On the precious moment of diwali I wish you happy diwali and I pray that you get all your endeavors fulfilled as well as you get lots of gifts and sweets this diwali.

8. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

9. HAPPY DIWALI TO YOU! may you celebrate it well.surrounded by family,friends,and lots of love and remember..

10. May the beauty Of deepavali season fill your home with happiness..

From Ankit Bansal and Prateek Bansal,  all good wishes and regards for Diwali. Have a safe and prosperous Diwali.