Chhattisgarh is a state located in Central India. The state was formed on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 Chhattisgarhi-speaking south-eastern districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Chhattisgarh borders the states of Madhya Pradesh in the northwest, Andhra Pradesh in the south, Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the northeast and Uttar Pradesh in the north.
Raipur is the capital and the largest city of the state. Other major cities of Chhattisgarh include – Durg-Bhilainagar, Bilaspur, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Raigarh, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, etc.
Chhattisgarhi is the official language of the state.
Diwali Celebrations in Chhattisgarh :
Like Madhya Pradesh, people of Chhattisgarh are also simple and fun loving and without any inhibitions. Among all the festivals, Diwali is one of the most important in this State.
Just like in other parts of the country, people of Chhattisgarh also start preparing for the festival of Diwali weeks in advance, when people go for Diwali shopping that includes new clothes Jewelry, sweets, dry-fruits, diya’s candles, fireworks, lights, etc. Houses are cleaned or whitewashed months before Diwali.
Just like other parts of the country, Diwali is a five day festival in Chhattisgarh also which starts on Dhanteras and ends of Bhaidooj.
The rituals performed here during Diwali are almost the same as in the rest of the country. Like in other parts of the country people here perform puja of goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras Day and then perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali Day.
Just like in other parts of the country, people of Chhattisgarh celebrate Diwali by drawing colourful Rangoli’s outside their homes to welcome goddess of wealth – Lakshmi, wear new clothes, eat lots of sweets, exchange gifts, wear new clothes, decorate their homes with lights and diya’s, spent time with friends and family members, etc.
Bhai Dooj the last day of Diwali holds significance in the state. On this day, sisters pray for their brothers to have long and happy lives by performing the Tika ceremony (i.e., making a tikka on their brother’s forehead with kumkum and rice) and brothers give gifts to their sisters.
Chhattisgarhi and Hindi are main languages spoken in Chhattisgarh and in those languages which are very similar to each other people wish each other Happy Diwali saying – Diwali Ki Subh Kamna (दीवाली की शुभ कमाना)