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 2021 is on November 04, Thursday

7 months and 30 days to go for the event

Karthik Amavasya Tithi Timing: November 04, 6:03 am - November 05, 2:44 am

Pradosh puja time : November 04, 5:43 pm - November 04, 8:18 pm

When is Diwali 2021?

2021 Diwali celebration starts with Dhanteras on November 02, 2021 Tuesday and ends with Bhai Dooj on November 06, 2021 Saturday. Lakshmi Puja, the most auspicious of diwali festival days is celebrated as the day of Diwali. Hence, Diwali 2021 falls on Thursday, November 04.

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Diwali 2021 date is November 04, Thursday

In 2020, North India will celebrate Diwali and South India will celebrate Deepavali on the same day.

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 Dooj 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 2021 - The 5 days of Diwali 2021

Day 1 Dhanteras November 02, Tuesday
Day 2 Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali) November 04, Thursday
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival) November 04, Thursday
Day 4 Govardhan Puja November 05, Friday
Day 5 Bhai Dooj November 06, Saturday

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 2021 Shubh Muhurat & Amavasya Tithi Timings

Sunrise04 November, 2021 06:37 AM.
Sunset04 November, 2021 05:43 PM.
Amavasya Tithi Starts04 November, 2021 06:03 AM.
Amavasya Tithi Ends05 November, 2021 02:44 AM.
Pradosha Puja TimeNovember 04, 05:43 PM - November 04, 08:18 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 2018 & 2028

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
2028Tuesday, 17th of October

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