Diwali is the festival of lights and on this day there is a ritual of playing cards and gambling. Well, most people do enjoy playing cards and other games at this festival. But do you know why do people gamble on the night of Diwali. If not, do not worry, we have all the answers here.
According to Indian mythology, it is believed that playing cards and gambling on the festival of lights (Diwali) are done to charm the Goddess Lakshmi and ensure her generosity. Although gambling is illegal in our country, still it finds a place in the tradition and rituals of Diwali.
According to the Hindu scriptures, it is believed that on Diwali night, Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva gambles and from then, people started practising this ritual.
On the auspicious day of Diwali, the Goddess Parvati plays the game of dice and gambles with Lord Shiva. Parvati is the Hindu goddess. She is known as the epitome of love, fertility, beauty, bravery, harmony, marriage, children and devotion.
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Goddess Parvati instructed that whoever person will gamble on the Diwali night will be blessed with luck. Later then, this tradition became a popular custom among people.
Since then, people started playing cards like rummy with stakes, flush etc, especially on Diwali night. On this day, people play this game to impress Goddess Lakshmi so that they get blessed with goodwill and prosperity.
The social sanction to the vice of this ritual is that whosoever will not play cards on the auspicious Diwali night, then in the rebirth that individual will get birth as a donkey.
Aside from the regular gamblers, people find a way to justify that all this is just to remind oneself of Lady Luck’s inconstancy and to build a sense of balance in the chase of material achievement.
Anant Chaturdashi 2023: 2450 idols immersed by 3pm across Mumbai during Ganesh festival
The festival started with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19 and concluded on the Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday. Mumbai’s Lalbaug area is famous for celebrating the festival with much grandeur.
During the drum beats and chants of Ganpati Bappa Morya various Ganesh Mandals in Mumbai on Thursday started the process of immersion of the Ganesh idols, concluding the 10 day Ganesh festival. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official by 3pm a total of 2452 idols had been immersed, which included 25 of Goddess Gauri, 116 public idols and 2311 household ones.
He said 919 of the 2452 idols were immersed in artificial ponds set up by the civic body. The 919 idols consisted of 12 of goddess Gauri, nine public idols and 898 household idols. Huge crowd of devotees gathered at various places in the city to catch a glimpse of their favourite diety. Decked up idols of Lord Ganesh in various forms and sizes were taken out of Pandals for their final journey accompanies by prayers, dance and music.
The festival started with Ganesh Chaturthi on September 19 and concluded on the Anant Chaturdashi on Thursday. Mumbai’s Lalbaug area is famous for celebrating the festival with much grandeur. The procession of the idols Ganesh Gully and Tejukaya mandals started with the chants of Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya and Ganpati Bappa Morya.
The Lal Baugcha Raja idol that attracts maximum number of devotees started at around 11.30 am. A large number of people were waiting on sides of the road for the final darshan of the idol. Thousands of devotees gathered on the streets of Lalbaug to bid farewell to their favourite diety and witness the vibrant procession of people with the sprinkling of gulal, dance and music.
There was a large gathering of devotees at Lalbaug’s Shroff building to witness the showering of flowers on the Ganesh idols. A large crowd was seen gathered near the main road which lead to Girgaon in South Mumbai.
World Tourism Day 2023: History, significance, quotes to share on World Tourism Day
The theme for World Tourism Day 2023 is green investment and Tourism. It throws light on the need for sustainable and development goals, the UN roadmap for a better world by 2030.
World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27 to promote tourism all over the world. The UN World Tourism Organisation celebrates the power of tourism to bridge the gap between cultures. The UNWTO announced the World Tourism Day in 1979. But officially it has been celebrated since 1980.
Different nations across the world promote tourism so that people rediscover and explore adventure, places, culture, heritage, luxury and history. The theme for World Tourism Day 2023 is green investment and Tourism. It throws light on the need for sustainable and development goals, the UN roadmap for a better world by 2030.
According to the UNWTO website the tourism sector was disrupted by COVID-19 which provided with an opportunity to recalibirate and redefine the direction and narratives of tourism investments which would help in a more sustainable future for prosperity, planet and the people.
Saudi Arabia is the chair of the UNWTO Executive Council. Industry leaders and 500 government officials from 120 countries will gather in Riyadh on September 27 and 28. The tourism helps in environmental conservation, safeguards cultural heritage, builds bridges and fosters mutual understanding. It also promotes innovation and digitalization.
According to the UNWTO website the global tourism workforce will require millions of hospitality graduates between now and the year 2030. 800,000 jobs a year will require specific vocational training. As a result there is a need to invest in people. As they are the foundation of tourism same opportunities to access quality tourism training should be accessible to all those who wish to be part of the tourism sector.
The World Tourism day marks an important day for the world to celebrate the success of the world tourism sector. Some of the World Tourism quotes Life is short and the world is wide. One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.
International Day of Peace 2023: All you need to know about date, history, significance, celebration of World Peace Day
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom
The International Day of Peace is celebrated all over the world on September 21. International Day of Peace is celebrated by United Nations to promote peace while stopping violence and conflicts worldwide each year. A theme is selected by United Nations that focuses on specific topics of conflict resolution and peace building.
The international Day of peace is associated the olive branch and dove symbols. The olive branch has been a traditional symbol of peace going back to ancient times. The dove represents peace and freedom. Resolution 36/67 was passed by the General assembly on September 30, 1981. The resolution called for stopping of all hostilities and global ceasefire on the day.
Hence the third Tuesday of September each year is celebrated as the International Day of Peace. The first international Day of peace was celebrated on September 21, 1982. The day marks a significant step towards raising awareness and promoting peace all over the world.
The official date was declared as September 21 in 2001. The aim of International Day of Peace aims to remind the UN’s commitment to conflict resolution and peace. The day encourages nations, communities, individuals and nations to work towards a just and peaceful world. It is an important day for promoting cooperation and understanding and promoting dialogue among countries and the people.
The United Nations believes true peace encompasses not just the absence of violence but undertakes the task of building up societies where all members feel they can flourish. It seeks to build a world where everyone is treated equally regardless of the day and their race which provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace and contributing to build a culture of peace. The United Nations Peace Bell was inaugurated at the UN Headquarters in New York City.