1. Lighting up earthen pots
We have been celebrating Diwali for years and years. But it’s rare that we dig deep to find out the reasons behind these rituals. We found out some tiny details that explain a lot about these rituals. For starters, the diyas that we use during the festival are made of soil and not of clay. The earthen pots help in keeping the diya lit for longer. Also, it helps in spreading warmth around it.
2. The new calendar
3. Fire crackers
Diwali brings in the season of winter. And all throughout the rainy days, many insects find a home around us and make things difficult for people. The chemicals that were used back in the day did not use harmful chemicals. Burning these would also burn away the insects around people and the bacteria in the air.
4. Abhyanga Snanam
Although not scientific, the word Deepavali has a special meaning, too. ‘Deep’ translates to light and ‘avali’ denotes a line or a row. Basically, Deepavali means a row full of lights – which is the most noticeable feature of this festival.
Let us know what are the other rituals and it’s sciences that you know of. Watch Mrs Subbalaxmi starring Lakshmi Manchu on ZEE5 for a good laugh this festive season.