Haryana is a state in the northwest of the Republic of India. It is bordered by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to the north, and by Rajasthan to the west and south. The river Yamuna defines its eastern border with Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Haryana also surrounds the country’s capital Delhi on three sides, forming the northern, western and southern borders of Delhi.
Major Cities of Haryana include Ambala, Bhiwani, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar, Jind, Karnal, Panchkula, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak, Sirsa, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, etc.
Agriculture is the leading occupation for the residents of the state.
Apart from Agriculture, the economy of Haryana relies on manufacturing, business process outsourcing and retail.
Diwali Celebrations in Haryana :
Over 88 % of the people living in the state are Hindu’s and hence Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the state.
Just like Punjab, people of Haryana are also know for warmth and hospitality, dazzling and vibrant culture and lifestyle. They celebrate Diwali just like Punjabi’s do – with full dhamaal.
In Haryana, Diwali is the time for everyone to rejoice, looking forward to a bright future.
Haryanavi’s start decorating their homes, preparing various sweets, buying new clothes well in advance.
During Diwali they worship Lord Rama as Diwali celebrates return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile after he defeated demon king Ravana.
Just like in other parts of the country, people of Haryana celebrate Diwali by drawing colourful Rangoli’s outside their homes to welcome goddess of wealth – Lakshmi, 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.
On the Diwali day after sunset they perform Lakshmi Ganesh Puja and then lit diyas outside their homes to welcome Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
In villages, farmers adorn their cattle and worship them as the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Bhai Tikka is also an important ritual performed by people of Haryana during Diwali. On the day of Bhai Dooj, known as Bhai Phota in Haryana, 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.
It is customary in Haryana to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Bhau-beej, hence women who do not have a brother worship the moon god instead.