|2018||6 Nov||Tue||Deepavali||National except Sarawak|
Deepavali: lighting up the day
Deepavali is known to all as the festival of lights. Thou being a Hindu festival deepavali are celebrated in many countries all around the globe and in some countries this festive day is officially counted as a holiday. Even this festival is celebrated in the Malaysian counties.
The exact date of deepavali is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar theory. This is a probable reason for a varying date in the Gregorian calendar. There are several legendary stories behind deepavali. Some says that deepavali signifies Ramachandra return from banishment after 14 years of banishment. Legend portrays that the day was exceptionally dark so his devotees had lit up lamps to celebrate the grand return of their master.
Clay lamps contribute majorly in deepavali decorations. Some people consider deepavali to be a perfect time to pray to goddess Lakshmi, the epitome of fortune and prosperity. Being considered as the “festival of lights” people lit up their house with the clay lamps to welcome the goddess of prosperity and drive away the evil spirit. Hindus are with a notion that in this of deepavali the triumph of light diminishes the darkness.
Rituals and decorations
In this auspicious day of deepavali Hindus wakes up early and takes a bath with a herbal oil which is a ritual discipline and then offer prayer to the holy goddess. They have a custom of decorating with kolam, beautiful pattern and designs out of dry rice and colourful powders. Even the houses are decorated with colourful paper lanterns. You should consider yourself to be lucky enough if you ever get welcomed to a Hindu house during deepavali as you will get to see some extraordinary beautiful decoration of kolam and some outstanding delicacies on table. Rice pudding is very popular delicacy in deepavali along with “murukku” even in Malaysian countries this special delicacies are very much accepted.
Visiting Malaysia during Deepavali
Visiting Kuala Lumpur during deepavali is a very good idea as the deepavali celebrations in Kuala Lumpur and the two Little India districts in it are a treat for the eyes. Brickfields the first district among the two Little India districts is at walking distance from Kuala Lampur’s main train station almost a walking distance.
Even there are beautiful Hindu temples spread all over West Malaysia. The Hindu religion is much concentrated in Malaysia so Hinduism is very much prevalent and even the demolished temple are beautiful attractions.
You can also look forward for a visit to Batu caves in Selangor which is seven miles north of Kuala Lumpur. It is full of complex natural caves with various Hindu architectured temple inside it. In downtown of Kuala Lumpur there are many other attractions like the Sri Maha Kaliamman temple Ipoh Road is a splendid attraction
Even you can have a glimpse of the largest flower which grows on the Rafflesia plant. These plants are generally found in national parks attracting major crowd.
Deepavali is a celebration which makes all Hindus comes together. So a trip to Malaysia during deepavali can make you learn some amazing fact about the colourful festival full of lights.