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Diwali Festival – Festival of Lights

Date, Rituals & Celebrations

Diwali or Deepawali is one of the most important festivals in India. We all know Diwali as the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is celebrated in India for 5 days. On this day everyone celebrates this day with their family and friends. On this day everyone happily exchanges gifts, feeds sweets. In the evening, they light lamps together, burst crackers. This festival is celebrated on the night of ‘Amavasya’ or no moon night. According to the Hindu calendar, the new year begins.

It is called the festival of lights because it signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and hope over despair.

Through this article, we are presenting you 5 days of Diwali, Date, Various rituals, Celebrations in front of you.

Diwali Date 2021

Dhanteras2nd November
Chhoti Diewali3rd November
Main Diwali4th November
Govardhan Puja5th November
Bhai Dooj6th November

Occasion of 5 days of Diwali

The 5 days of Diwali serves on different occasions according to Hindu mythology.

Dhanteras

The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras which marks the beginning of a new financial year for Hindus.

Choti Diwali | Narak Chaturdashi

The second day of Diwali is Choti Diwali which is celebrated to remember the victory of Lord Krishna over the devil king Naraka. In South India, this day is known as ‘Narak Chaturdashi’.

Diwali

The third day is the main Diwali day which involves worshiping Goddess Lakshmi to enjoy her birth from the churning of the ocean. In West Bengal, Odisha and Assam, this day is also celebrated as ‘Kali Puja’.

Govardhan Puja

The fourth day of Diwali, known as Govardhan Puja, is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu over the demon king Bali, as well as the victory of Lord Krishna over Lord Indra. People in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu celebrate this day as ‘Bali Pratipada’ or ‘Bali Padyami’.

Bhai Dooj

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The fifth day of Diwali is known as Bhai Dooj which celebrates the love and bond of brothers and sisters.

Diwali Rituals | All Over India

Shopping & Gifts

Dhanteras is the most exciting part of Diwali, when people go shopping for their relatives and friends.

Especially on Diwali, families exchange gifts as a way of wishing each other a year full of happiness and success.

Laxmi Puja

It is one of the major rituals on Diwali when Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in return for a better year filled with wealth, peace and prosperity.

Kali Puja

On this day in West Bengal, Odisha, Assam region of India, Goddess Kali Maa is worshiped with great pomp.

Home Decorations

Diwali celebration starts with decorating the house. People get their homes deep cleaned to make them more beautiful and pleasing.

The decorations include lights, diyas and flowers.

A major part of this celebration is the making of Rangolis, which are painted in colors at the entrances and courtyards of houses to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.

Feasts

Sweets like jalebi, laddu, gujiya, cashew-kathali, kheer, halwa and barfi are often prepared in the family during Diwali.

Fireworks

The bursting of crackers on Diwali has always been one of the major rituals of this festival!

Diwali Day Celebrations in Different Religions

Diwali is one of those Indian festivals that unites different religions, regions and cultures. This festival holds significance in Hinduism as well as Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

Hindus celebrate Diwali as the homecoming of Lord Rama in his hometown of Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana of Lanka after serving 14 years of exile in the jungles.

Jains celebrate this festival as the day when Mahavira, their last Tirthankara on earth, attained Nirvana or enlightenment.

Buddhists celebrate Diwali as the day when Emperor Ashoka converted himself to Buddhism.

Sikhs celebrate the festival along with several Hindu gurus to remember the homecoming of their guru Har Gobind ji from the prison of Emperor Jahangir.

India is celebrating this occasion under the COVID protocol

The government has taken many steps to break the COVID in 2021. But this Diwali, due to COVID in India, we are celebrating this Diwali by making different COVID protocols in every state. Fire crackers are legally banned in many states, so and in different states you will get to see different protocols.

But this Diwali we celebrate well by taking family members along and exchanging gifts. We, on behalf of the ‘Local Tourism’ family, wish you all the very best on the occasion of Diwali.

 

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