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Why is Diwali special for Cuemath?

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31st December 2020              

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Introduction

Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India and everyone celebrates the life out of it with crackers, sweets, rangoli, Lakshmi Puja, Teen Patti, etc. Between all this dhamaal and excitement,  where does Math come? Try asking a Cuemathian and you will start seeing things in a new mathematical light.

Don’t we all start counting the days before Diwali? Also, it falls on a different date every year but do you know why this happens? It is because of the change in position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar.

That’s not all.

Diwali is always special and would be incomplete without Math. Just like a box of sweets would be incomplete without your favourite item in it.

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Why do we celebrate Diwali?

Despite the fact that Diwali is fundamentally viewed as a Hindu celebration, the day marks various occasions in various networks. Here are a few reasons why we celebrate diwali: 

  • As indicated by the Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Rama, his sibling Laxmana and spouse Sita got back to Ayodhya following a time of 14 years in a state of banishment subsequent to vanquishing evil presence of ruler Ravana. 
  • In Dwapara yuga, Lord Krishna, a symbol of Lord Vishnu, killed devil Narakasura, the shrewd ruler of Pragjyotishapura, close to Assam, who had held 16,000 young ladies in imprisonment. 

Krishna killing narakasura

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  • In Braj locale in northern India, portions of Assam, just as southern Tamil and Telugu people group, Narak Chaturdashi is seen as the day on which Krishna killed Narakasura. 
  • The five Pandava siblings had been fooled into losing a wager in betting after which their Kaurava cousins banished them for a very long time. The Pandavas got back to Hastinapur on Kartik Amavasya, according to the Hindu epic Mahabharata. 
  • According to another popular convention, Diwali is praised as the day Goddess Lakshmi was conceived from Samudra Amntham, the agitating of the inestimable expanse of milk by the divine beings and evil presences. The evening of Diwali, Lakshmi picked Vishnu as her better half and wedded him. 

samudra manthan

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  • In Sikhism, Diwali is identified with a noteworthy occasion. Master Hargobind, the 6th Sikh Guru, alongside 52 other Hindu lords, was delivered from bondage by Mughal head Jahangir upon the arrival of Diwali. 
  • In Jainism, the celebration of Diwali is commended to notice the commemoration of Nirvana of Mahavira's spirit, the twenty-fourth and last Jain Tirthankara of the present grandiose age. Mahavira achieved moksha (freedom) on Chaturdashi of Kartik month. 
  • As indicated by another prevalent view, Diwali may have started as a harvest celebration, denoting the last harvest of the year before winter.

Farmers harvest barley happily.


How do we celebrate Diwali through math?

The word Diwali (deep + avali) means a row of lighted lamps. It is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of exile. It is a five day festival of lights where people decorate their houses with diyas and candles (see how the usual candles are long and cylindrical in shape).

Business people start a new business day on Diwali after calculating their profit. This helps them judge how prosperous their year was. You may even enjoy playing cards, which involves probability, permutations and combinations and in the end, the one with the maximum money wins.

Indian girl celebrating diwali festival

Moreover, people create rangoli artwork in patterns to decorate and brighten up their houses.

But then we thought, why make rangoli in patterns? What is the purpose of making it that way? Art can be plain, without any pattern and still seem exceptionally beautiful, so why brainstorm on getting that perfect pattern?

Here’s why:

  • Patterns create a certain sense of peace and calmness in your mind when you look at them.
  • They even set a particular frequency in your mind that helps you realise the importance of symmetry.
  • Mathematical shapes in these patterns bring out order from chaos and the different patterns define the true spirit of a colourful rangoli.

Diwali sweets arranged in a plate with diya and flowers

The various crackers, sweets, boxes of sweets, Diwali lanterns, wall hangings, everything has a defined pattern to celebrate the spirit of Diwali.


Conclusion

Now imagine. Can you celebrate Diwali without Math?

More like, would you even be celebrating Diwali like you do today, if it wasn’t for Math?

The scope of Math is seamless and unbound. It is present everywhere you see, everywhere you go. Math is the guiding light of life because it is the language that connects us to the Universe. Moreover, the Universe is flooded with mysteries and it evokes us to unfold them. Only a curious and intrigued mind is passionate enough to unfold them for real and extract hidden answers.

So our mission at Cuemath is to guide these young, curious minds with the light of Math. What better occasion do we have other than Diwali, to distinguish Math as the guiding light?

Celebrate each day like you celebrate the occasion of Diwali- Join the amazing world of Cuemath!


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which God is for Diwali?

Diwali also celebrates the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. Some believe it falls on her birthday and the day she married Lord Vishnu, another Hindu god.

What things we use in Diwali?

  • Aroma diffuser. Diwali is that time of the year when we welcome many guests at our home.
  • Toran. These are the traditional decorative items which we invest in every year. 
  • Crockery. 
  • Puja thali. 
  • Diyas & candles. 
  • Lights. 
  • Rangoli colours.Aroma diffuser. Diwali is that time of the year when we welcome many guests at our home. 
  • Toran. These are the traditional decorative items which we invest in every year. 
  • Crockery. 
  • Puja thali. 
  • Diyas & candles. 
  • Lights. 
  • Rangoli colours.

Which are the 5 Diwali days?

  • Dhanteras, Dhanatrayodashi, Yama Deepam (Day 1) 
  • Naraka Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas, Chhoti Diwali, Hanuman Puja (Day 2)
  • Lakshmi Pujan, Kali Puja (Day 3)
  • Annakut, Balipratipada (Padwa), Govardhan Puja (Day 4) 
  • Bhai Duj, Bhau-Beej, Vishwakarma Puja (Day 5)

External references

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