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
8 months and 21 days to go for the event
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.
Diwali 2020 date is November 14, Saturday
In 2019, North India will celebrate Diwali and South India will celebrate Deepavali on the same day. Read about this →
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.
Diwali 2020 Shubh Muhurat & Amavasya Tithi Timings
|Sunrise||14 November, 2020 06:43 AM.|
|Sunset||14 November, 2020 05:38 PM.|
|Amavasya Tithi Starts||14 November, 2020 02:18 PM.|
|Amavasya Tithi Ends||15 November, 2020 10:37 AM.|
|Pradosha Puja Time||November 14, 05:38 PM - November 14, 08:15 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ] See More|
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.
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.
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.
Diwali festival dates between 2017 & 2027
|2017||Thursday, 19th of October|
|2018||Wednesday, 7th of November|
|2019||Sunday, 27th of October|
|2020||Saturday, 14th of November|
|2021||Thursday, 4th of November|
|2022||Monday, 24th of October|
|2023||Sunday, 12th of November|
|2024||Friday, 1st of November|
|2025||Tuesday, 21st of October|
|2026||Sunday, 8th of November|
|2027||Friday, 29th of October|