The correct answer to this question is Yes. Though Diwali is a festival that is rooted in Hindu culture and the most popular festival in India, it is a national festival. This is because it is celebrated by a number of different cultures and religions.
For example, Christians, Muslims, and Janis all celebrate Diwali. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali celebrates a universal theme of good over evil and light over darkness. It also celebrates the victory of having knowledge over being ignorant. This is a common concept that all religions and cultures can agree with, which is one of the reasons why it is nationally celebrated.
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A. Lucius, Senior Content writer, Diploma in Literature, Dover, Delaware
Answered Nov 01, 2019
Yes, Diwali, also known as Dipawali, is a national festival in India. In fact, it is one of the biggest festivals in India. Diwali is celebrated over a period of four to five days. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and even Buddhists. The festival is more of a cultural and seasonal festival than a religious festival. The festival symbolizes the victory of the inner light that protects homes from spiritual darkness.
The festival got its name from two words. “avail” and “deepa.” Avail stands for the clay lamps and Deepa, which stands for light. During Diwali, homes, shops, and offices are illuminated with light. The third day of the festival is the climax of the celebration, as this coincides with the darkest night of the month of Kartika, which is Hindu’s lunisolar month.
Over the years, Diwali has started to become a national festival that is also being celebrated by non-Hindus all over the world. There was a time when this was a religious festival but as it started to become more popular, people celebrated it even more. Some even say that this is probably one of the most important holidays that can be found in India.
This festival may usually happen in October or November depending on the Hindu calendar and it is celebrated for five days. Each day will be significant to ensure that the festival will be properly concluded. This festival is considered to be the counterpart of Christmas for Catholics because this is being celebrated by millions of people from all over the world.
D. Jewel, Assistant Manager, MA in English, California
Answered Oct 16, 2019
Yes, Diwali is a national festival. It is one of the most popular festivals in India. It is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, and even Buddhists. It is the biggest festival for Hindus. The reason for its popularity is that its celebration is not limited to Hindus alone. It is more of a cultural thing than a religious festival. Worshipers of other religions also observe Diwali. Diwali is also known as Deepawali. It means the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. Some people will even say the victory of knowledge over ignorance.
The positivity of its meaning can be attributed to the reason why most people and other religious groups support the celebration of Diwali. Diwali is celebrated nationwide, and it is celebrated even outside India, and everywhere, Hinduism is practiced. People observe this period by engaging in all kinds of things; this includes; lighting of candles, decoration of homes and offices, etc.