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Speech on Diwali

GCSE: Religious Education

Title:  Speech on Diwali
Description  Speech on Diwali Diwali is a festival of joy, splendor, brightness and happiness. It is the festival of lights and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by all Indians all over the world.
Word Count:  1100

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There are 5 days to the festival and people celebrate them with true understanding.
The first day of Diwali: Dhanteras
The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras. This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations.
On this day, Hindus offer a lighted diva with Prasad (sweets offered at worship time) to the Lord of Death and pray for protection from sudden death. This offering should be made near a sacred tree. On Dhanteras Hindus consider it lucky to purchase silver item.
In my house we have a small temple and we do this at home while singing Indian hyms.
The third day of Diwali: Lakshmi Puja
Hindus join with their families and their Priest and they worship the Goddess Lakshmi to receive blessings of wealth and success, the triumph of good over evil.
The worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on Diwali in North and West India. It is extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up her path.
On this night my family go to a hall and meet with all of our relatives. Together we do this pooja, afterwards we have a party.
The fourth day of Diwali: Govardhan Pooja
On this day, Govardhan Pooja is performed. It is when Krishna lifted Mount Govardhan with his little finger and sheltered men and beasts from the rain.
This day is also observed as annakot meaning mountain of food. Religious people stay awake the whole night and cook 108 different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna.
Normally I go to a temple in Wembley where 1000s of people go to see the annakoot, which is always spectacular as they have different varieties of food every time.
The fifth day of Diwali: Bhai Bij
The fifth day of the Diwali is called Bhai Bij. It is a day dedicated to sisters. This day Yamaraj went to his sister's house and she put a lucky mark on his forehead for his safety. So on this day sisters perform puja for their brothers’ safety and well being. Brothers in return give gifts to their sisters as a token of love.
On this day I go out with all my brothers and sisters, we always have fun but I have to buy presents for my sisters and only get love in return.

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