Madhya Pradesh is a state in central India. It borders the states of Uttar Pradesh to the northeast, Chhattisgarh to the southeast, Maharashtra to the south, Gujarat to the west, and Rajasthan to the northwest. Nicknamed the “heart of India” due to its geographical location in India, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in the country by area.
Its capital city is Bhopal, while its largest city is Indore. Other major cities of Madhya Pradesh include – Jabalpur, Gwalior, Ujjain, Sagar, Dewas, Satna, Ratlam, etc.
The people of Madhya Pradesh are simple and fun loving and without any inhibitions.
Diwali Celebrations In Madhya Pradesh :
Among all the festivals, Diwali is one of the most important in this State. People here 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 Madhya Pradesh 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 Madhya Pradesh 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.
During Diwali, many folk dances are performed in this region. The Baiga and Gond tribes perform their traditional dances to celebrate the Diwali Festival.
Balushahi, Khasta, Ghazak, Barfi and Ladoos are part of the traditional offerings at Diwali in Madhya Pradesh.
Hindi and Bundelkhandi are main languages spoken in Madhya Pradesh 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)