Deepawali or in short Diwali is celebrated in India for different reasons but the most prominent is to celebrate the homecoming of the king of Ayodhya, Shri Ram and Mata Sita along with the younger brother, Laxman. They were in exile for 14 years and after being victorious in Lanka and the over of exile, they came to Ayodhya. To welcome them, residents of Ayodhya along with habitants of entire India celebrate Diwali marking as the homecoming day of the king.
Diwali is one of the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated by all Hindus by decorating homes, by wearing traditional clothes, by bursting crackers and lightening decorative lights, exchanging gifts and sweets among the relatives and friends.
Here's how Diwali is celebrated across India:
By bursting crackers:
Diwali crackers in Vadodara captured in time-lapse video by city based Dhaval Damar pic.twitter.com/THkZZ3EDEe— DeshGujarat (@DeshGujarat) November 15, 2020
By Making Rangolis:
Curiosity of 2 my neighbours ws piqued by the toe imprints I ws making outside my flat, yesterday. I told them it ws for LAXMI (Goddess of wealth). By the end of it, both my neighbours frm 2 diff non-Hindu communities hd the same toe imprints outside their doors. 😊 pic.twitter.com/4qAi33LIkY— Levina🇮🇳 (@LevinaNeythiri) November 15, 2020
History of bursting crackers during Diwali and in Hindu Festivals
Shut up!— True Indology (@TIinExile) November 14, 2020
Ancient Indians used Gunpowder long BEFORE Mughal invaders were even BORN.
Ancient Indians used Saltpetre (Agnichurna), the major constituent of gunpowder, to make firecrackers (ulkah) on Diwali.
"Gunpowder originated in Ancient India"- Indologist Dr. Gustav Oppert https://t.co/aqh9D8fLPT pic.twitter.com/VNzKjc9As4
While it is true that use of Gunpowder in matchlocks proliferated in the middle ages— True Indology (@TIinExile) November 14, 2020
Ancient Indians used Saltpetre (Agnichurna) in mining and warfare.
It was already mentioned by Kautilya in Arthashastra as a weapon of war (4th century BC) long BEFORE Mughals were born pic.twitter.com/jukax1hxy6
From the time of Arthashastra down into the Medieval ages,North West Indians continued to use gunpowder in warfare.— True Indology (@TIinExile) November 14, 2020
A Chinese text dating back 7th century CE attests to the use of Gun Powder in North West India.
Snippet from "Military Transition in Early Modern Asia,1400- 1750" pic.twitter.com/hW1Onlgcvk
*** Thread ***— धर्म (@OnlyDharma1) November 9, 2020
Use of Firecrackers in Hindu Festivals in Medieval India. pic.twitter.com/XOjZTTpWZS
Important resource - https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed025p268