Kampala, Uganda – Billionaire Sudhir Ruparelia and family on Saturday celebrated the 2020 Diwali festival in style.
Diwali, or Deepavali, is the ‘festival of lights’, which is traditionally a Hindu festival, but celebrated by all communities in India and in some countries around the world.
‘Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. From our family to yours,’ read a message from Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia and family.
According to Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia who also doubles as the Honorary Consul of Nepal to Uganda, Diwali, is celebrated using diyas, which are small clay lamps, and by decorating with strings of lights. There are large fireworks celebrations to honor the message of the celebration of light overcoming the dark.
This year, Diwali has been celebrated on November 14, which is a Saturday. It is a five-day festival that coincides with the holiest month in the Hindu calendar.
Each of the five days has a special meaning. Here is how they are celebrated:
The first day is known as Dhanteras, with Dhan meaning “wealth” and teras meaning the 13th day of the lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. On this day prosperity is celebrated.
The second day is known as Naraka Chaturdasi, or Chhoti Diwali, meaning “small Diwali.” On this day, the goddess Kali and Lord Krishna were believed to destroy the demon Narakasura and free more than 15,000 captive princesses.
The third day (Thursday) of the celebrations is known as Amavasya. It is the new moon day. It is celebrated by lighting diyas and candles and shooting off fireworks. It is the most important day of Diwali.
The fourth day is celebrated in northern India as the day Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the god of thunder and rain. In other places, it’s celebrated as New Years.
The fifth day is known as Bhai Duj, which celebrates sisters.