Diwali (Hindi: दीपावली, Tamil: தீபாவளி, Telugu: దీపావళి, Malayalam: ദിപാവലി, Gujarati:દિવાળી), the festival of lights is India's most awaited and brightest of all festivals and comes somewhere around late October to mid November every year.

Diwali 2020 is on November 14, Saturday

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Karthik Amavasya Tithi Timing: November 14, 2:18 pm - November 15, 10:37 am

Pradosh puja time : November 14, 5:38 pm - November 14, 8:15 pm

When is Diwali 2020?

2020 Diwali celebration starts with Dhanteras on November 13, 2020 Friday and ends with Bhai duj on November 16, 2020 Monday. Lakshmi Puja, the most auspicious of diwali festival days is celebrated as the day of Diwali. Hence, Diwali 2020 falls on Saturday, November 14.

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Diwali 2020 date is November 14, Saturday

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In north India, Diwali is a five day long celebration that commences with Dhanteras on the 13th lunar day of the Krishna paksha of the Indian month of Karthik. It ends with the celebration of Bhai duj that falls on the 17th lunar day of the Shukla paksha of the Indian month of Karthik. Both are taken from the Purimnata calendar.

Diwali Calendar 2020 - The 5 days of Diwali 2020

Day 1 Dhanteras November 13, Friday
Day 2 Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali) November 14, Saturday
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival) November 14, Saturday
Day 4 Govardhan Puja November 15, Sunday
Day 5 Bhai Duj November 16, Monday

Diwali 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.

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Diwali 2020 Shubh Muhurat & Amavasya Tithi Timings

Sunrise14 November, 2020 06:43 AM.
Sunset14 November, 2020 05:38 PM.
Amavasya Tithi Starts14 November, 2020 02:18 PM.
Amavasya Tithi Ends15 November, 2020 10:37 AM.
Pradosha Puja TimeNovember 14, 05:38 PM - November 14, 08:15 PM
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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.

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Women light earthen lamps on Diwali

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 Govardhan Puja and the last day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj , 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. This day is dedicated for the Special Lakshmi Puja.

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.

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Diwali festival dates between 2017 & 2027

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
2025Tuesday, 21st of October
2026Sunday, 8th of November
2027Friday, 29th of October

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