Rangoli with colours and earthen lights Image Source: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

Rangoli with colours and earthen lights on the eve of Diwali festival. Date of diwali 2023 is November 12, Sunday.

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is India's most awaited and brightest of all festivals. Diwali is celebrated throughout the world, transcending religious and socio-cultural boundaries as a joyous reminder of the power of light over darkness, the victory of good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali festival comes somewhere around late October to mid-November every year.

When is Diwali?
On the Hindu lunar calendar, the festival of Diwali falls on Kartik amavasya or the new moon of Kartik month. In India, especially northern states, Diwali is a five day long celebration that commences with Dhanteras on the 13th lunar day of the Krishna paksha (waning phase) of Kartik month. It ends with the celebration of Bhai Dooj that falls on the 17th lunar day of the Shukla paksha (waxing phase) of the same month as per the Purnimanta calendar. In 2023, North India and South India will celebrate Deepavali on the same day.

Diwali 2023 is on November 12, Sunday

7 months and 22 days to go for the event

Karthik Amavasya Tithi Timing: November 12, 2:45 pm - November 13, 2:57 pm

Pradosh puja time : November 12, 5:39 pm - November 12, 8:16 pm

What are the Diwali dates in 2023?
2023 Diwali celebration starts with Dhanteras on November 10, 2023 Friday and ends with Bhai Dooj on November 15, 2023 Wednesday. Lakshmi Puja, the most auspicious of diwali festival days is celebrated as the day of Diwali. Hence, Diwali 2023 falls on Sunday, November 12.

Women decorate a rangoli Image Source: Anuwar hazarika/IANS

Women decorate a rangoli with earthen lamps on the occasion of Diwali festival

Diwali Calendar 2023 - The 5 days of Diwali 2023

Day 1 Dhanteras November 10, Friday
Day 2 Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali) November 12, Sunday
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival) November 12, Sunday
Day 4 Govardhan Puja November 14, Tuesday
Day 5 Bhai Dooj November 15, Wednesday
Ayodhya diwali Image Source: IANS

People light diyas on the ocassion of diwali festival in Ayodhya

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.

Diwali 2023 Shubh Muhurat and Amavasya Tithi Timings

Sunrise12 November, 2023 06:42 AM.
Sunset12 November, 2023 05:39 PM.
Amavasya Tithi Starts12 November, 2023 02:45 PM.
Amavasya Tithi Ends13 November, 2023 02:57 PM.
Pradosha Puja TimeNovember 12, 05:39 PM - November 12, 08:16 PM
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Diwali Rangoli Image Source: IANS

A woman gives final touches to Rangoli on the occasion of Diwali festival

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.

Diwali lights Image Source: IANS

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 2020 & 2030

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
2028Tuesday, 17th of October
2029Monday, 5th of November
2030Saturday, 26th of October

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