Read about the origin, history and celebration of Diwali (Deepavali) in Sri Lanka.
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Diwali in Sri Lanka

Origin and History of Diwali in Sri Lanka

The history of Deepavali may be as old as the history of Sri Lanka. There are many myths associated with Deepavali. According to one hypothesis Deepavali might have originated as a harvest festival, thus it is celebrated after the last harvest of the year. According to some other views this festival is celebrated to honor the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana and in the remembrance of his return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. When he returned Ayodhya on the new moon day, there was not much light, so the residents of Ayodhya welcomed him by lighting lamp. So, it is believed that on Deepavali lights are illuminated in the remembrance of Lord Rama.

Local name: Deepavali

Ways to celeberate Deepavali in Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka is related to the epic Ramayana thus Deepavali is an important festival for Hindus on this Island. The festival is celebrated by lighting lamps to invite Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth into their home. As a part of ritual, Haven and special Puja are performed by wearing new clothes. Beautiful images made of sugar crystals are served as sweets on this day. Gifts and sweets are exchanged among family and friends. The major attraction of Deepavali are crackers. On the festive occasion people enjoy the celebration by burning colorful crackers. The customs and traditions associated with the festival vary from family to family but the happiness and enthusiasm behind the festival remains same everywhere.