Diwali also known as Deepawali being the festival of lights is celebrated with all the zeal and fervour all over in India. There’s happiness!! There’s love!! There’s joy!! And, most importantly, there’s light both in the home and in hearts. Diwali is celebrated all over in India by the Hindu community with overwhelming and blustering joy in the hearts.
Deepawali: The word Deepawali has been made from two names Deepa meaning the lights that people decorate inside and outside their houses during the festival. Diwali is celebrated every year during the month of November or October and it is considered as the end of the harvest season.
How is festival celebrated?
The festival is celebrated in the gathering of friends and family and the home is decorated with colourful bright lights inside and outside the houses. The streets get embellished with beautiful and colourful lights all around. String of electric lights, Ganesha & Laxmi, bonfire, flower decoration and Rangoli decoration are some of the attractions of the festival of Diwali. People, in an assumption to let Laxmi enter their homes during the festival open up all the doors and windows of their house. Diwali is celebrated in the time span of five days:
Diwali has become a much loved festival famous among various religions all over in India including all faiths, Hindu, Sikhs, Buddhist and Jains.
Hindus have their faiths related to Diwali celebration as per where they live:
North India: People of North celebrate Diwali in the remembrance of the day when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile with wife Sita and brother Laxman.
South India: People residing in Southern part of the country celebrate Diwali as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Narakasura.
The common thing for which the festival is celebrated is the triumph of good over the bad!!
Non-Hindu interpretation of Diwali celebration:
Jainism: This day of Diwali marks spiritual awakening or Nirvana of Lord Mahavira.
Sikhism: For Sikhs the day is significant as it marks the day when the sixth Guru of Sikhs Guru Hargobind Ji was freed.
Diwali 2017 is going to be celebrated on 19th October. The five days span of Diwali festival this year will occur from 17th October to 21st October. In South India the day is observed a day before the Diwali date.
Details of Diwali 2017:
OCTOBER 17, 2017 (THE FIRST DAY OF DIWALI)
This is known as Dhanteras and is celebrated for prosperity. Goddess Laxmi is welcomed into the home by buying some gold material in every home.
OCTOBER 18, 2017 (SECOND DAY OF DIWALI)
This day is also known as Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali have destroyed demon named Narakasura.
OCTOBER 19, 2017 (THIRD DAY OF DIWALI)
This is the new Moon day which is also known as Amavasya! This one is the most significant day of the celebration when Goddess Laxmi is worshipped at a special Puja ceremony held at every home.
OCTOBER 20, 2017 (FOURTH DAY OF DIWALI)
This day is known as Govardhan. On this day, it is believed that Indra, the Lord of rain and thunder was defeated by Lord Krishna.
OCTOBER 21, 2017 (FIFTH DAY OF DIWALI)
This day is known as Bhai Duj and it celebrates the existence of sisters in life same as Raksha Bnadhan is celebrated for brothers.
Laxmi Puja Muhurat Diwali 2017
19:11 to 20:16
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes
Pardosh Kaal: 17:43 20:16
Vrishabha Kaal: 19:11 to 21:06
Diwali 2018: November 7
Diwali 2019: October 27