Mustard Oil Usage in DiwaliDiwali
or Deepawali, popularly known as the " Festival of light
" It is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-December for different reasons. In India Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities like Laxmi Puja and lightening of mustard oil
clay lamps (Diyas or Dipak) together in their homes. The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepawali" which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dipak) in filled with mustard oil
to signify the triumph of good over evil. These mustard oil
filled lighted lamps are kept on during the night and one's house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Lakshmi Puja
marks the most important activities performed on Diwali. Hindu homes worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the God of auspicious beginnings, and then light lamps filled with usually mustard oil
in the streets and homes to welcome prosperity and well-being.