Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights. It illuminates our houses and hearts and preaches the message of friendship and togetherness. Light is the depiction of hope, success, knowledge and fortune and Diwali reinforces our faith in these virtues of life.

Diwali 2017 is on October 19 Thursday

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When is Diwali celebrated?

In India, Diwali is a five day long celebration that commences with 'Dhanteras' that is held on the 13th lunar day of the Krishna paksha of the Indian month of Ashwina. It ends with the celebration of Bhai duj that falls on the second lunar day of the Shukla paksha of the Indian month of Kartik. According to the English calendar, Diwali is usually celebrated in mid-November every year.

The Story behind Diwali

Since Diwali is the resemblance of everything that is 'good', this festival has been the centre of many mythological stories.

  • Lord Rama returned to Ayodha on this day along with sita and Lakshman after he attained victory over Ravana, the ten headed demon king of Lanka. On this occasion, the local people lit earthen lamps and burst crackers to welcome their King and queen back to the throne.
  • This day is also celebrated as the union of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu in heaven.
  • In Bengal, this day is celebrated to worship the most powerful Goddess of 'shakti' - Devi Kali.
  • In the Jain culture, this day is of utmost importance as Mahavira attained the final 'nirvana' on this day.
  • In ancient India, this day was celebrated as the harvest festival.
  • Diwali also marks the death anniversary of Dayanand Saraswati, the 'hero' of the Arya Samaj.

Rituals of Diwali

Diwali is celebrated all across India in different forms and is thus an important National holiday too.

  • Diwali starts with Dhanteras—the beginning of a new financial year, the second day is Naraka Chaturdasi, the day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura; the third day is Amavasya, the day Goddess Lakshmi , the deity of wealth and fortune is worshipped. The fourth day is Kartika Shudha padyami and the last day is celebrated as Bhai duj, the day sisters worship their brothers and pray for their long life and well being.
  • Feasting, gambling, exchanging gifts among friends and families and bursting fire crackers are a must during Diwali. People also wear new clothes and worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on this day.
  • In Southern India, Diwali marks the home coming of their ancient King Mahabali and people decorate their houses with flowers and cow dung to welcome the King. Govardhan Puja is done on this day.
  • In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Goddess Kali is worshipped on this day. This is known as Shyama puja.
  • In Maharashtra, Diwali starts with the worshipping of cows and their calves. This is known as Vasu baras.
  • Big Diwali fairs are held across the country. These fairs are centers of business and many artists and acrobats are seen performing in these events.

Important Timings On Diwali

Sunrise19-Oct-2017 06:29 AM
Sunset19-Oct-2017 17:54 PM
Amavasya Tithi Starts19-Oct-2017 00:13 AM
Amavasya Tithi Ends20-Oct-2017 00:42 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Diwali festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Thursday, 23rd of October
2015Wednesday, 11th of November
2016Sunday, 30th of October
2017Thursday, 19th of October
2018Wednesday, 7th of November
2019Sunday, 27th of October
2020Saturday, 14th of November
2021Thursday, 4th of November
2022Monday, 24th of October
2023Sunday, 12th of November
2024Friday, 1st of November
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