Diwali 2017

About Diwali

Diwali is one of the most auspicious Indian Festivals. It celebrates Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. On that dark winter night many years ago, the people of Ayodhya had welcomed Lord Rama with open arms, the entire town was lit with oil lamps and candles and the night sky filled with firecrackers. Ever since, Diwali has come to be celebrated on the dark Amavasya night in the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November).

This year Diwali will be celebrated on 19th October 2017 (Thursday). The most significant aspect of Diwali is the Puja offered to Goddess Lakshmi

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Diwali 2017

Diwali 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Diwali Celebrations

  • The celebrations of this joyous festival signify the removal of all darkness, jealousy, greed, envy and other negative emotions from the face of this earth.

  • In it place shines the light of wisdom and knowledge. This is also the reason why so many lamps and diyas are left burning on Diwali night.

  • It signifies the triumph of virtue over vice, of good over evil, of light over darkness and of knowledge over ignorance. Lighting lamps, candles or diyas and the bursting of crackers during Diwali is also geared towards this destruction of all-evil.

  • The festival marks the victory of good over evil.

  • The Sanskrit word Deepavali means array of lights that stands for victory of brightness over darkness. As the knowledge of Sanskrit diminished, the name was popularly modified to Diwali, especially in northern India.
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Deepavali Puja Dates

Deepavali Day 1

Dwadashi

Govatsa Dwadashi

Vasu Baras

1

16th
October 2017
(Monday)


Deepavali Day 2

Trayodashi

Kali Chaudas

Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Hanuman Puja

2

17th
October 2017
(Tuesday)


Deepavali Day 3

Chaturdashi

Narak Chaturdashi

Tamil Deepavali
Bengal Kali Puja

3

18th
October 2017
(Wednesday)


Deepavali Day 4

Amavasya

Lakshmi Puja, Diwali Puja

Kedar Gauri Vrat
Diwali Snan, Diwali Devpuja

4

19th
October 2017
(Thursday)


Deepavali Day 5

Pratipada

Govardhan Puja, Annakut

Bali Pratipada
Gujarati New Year

5

20st
October 2017
(Friday)


Deepavali Day 6

Dwitiya

Bhaiya Dooj, Bhau Beej

Yama Dwitiya

6

21st
November 2017
(Saturday)


Dhan-trayodashi or Dhanteras

Dhanteras is one of the five days of Diwali and takes place two days before Diwali in honor of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu. Dhan means "wealth" and Trayodashi means “13th day". Thus, as the name implies, this day falls on the 13th day of the first half of the lunar month or the month of Ashwin. The day is of great significance to the prosperous mercantile community in Western India.


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Choti Diwali

Choti Diwali is also known as Narak Chaturdashi. It is the second day of Diwali. Legend has it that the demon king Narakasur, the ruler of Pragjyotishpur (a province to the south of Nepal) defeated Lord Indra in a fierce battle. He then snatched the glittering earrings of the Mother Goddess, Aditi (the ruler of Suraloka and a relative of Satyabhama, Lord Krishna's wife).


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Diwali

Third day of Diwali, or the worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on Diwali in North and West India. It is extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit only the cleanest of houses first. This is also the reason why the broom is worshiped on this day with

offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess.


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Padhwa and Govardhan Puja

Padhwa are celebrated on the 4th day of Diwali. They are both celebrated in different geographical halves of the country. While Gudi Padhwa is popular with the Maharashtrans and few others in Western India, Govardhan Puja is predominantly associated with North India.more


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Bhai dhuj

Bhai dhuj is the day when brothers and sisters meet to express their love and affection for each other. Diwali is not only a festival of lights and firecrackers

but also a festival to renew and strengthen relationships. In keeping with the above, Bhai Dhuj is an important part of Diwali and is generally celebrated two days after Diwali on Shukla Paksha Dwitiya' in the Hindi month of 'Kartik'. It is the fifth and last day of Diwali.


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Diwali Calendar


Weekday
Date
Year
Thu 23rd of October 2014
Wed 11th of November 2015
Sun 30th of October 2016
Thu 19th of October 2017
Wed 7th of November 2018
Sun 27th of October 2019
Sat 14th of November 2020
Thu 4th of November 2021
Mon 24th of October 2022

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Different Names for 5 days of Diwali celebration

Day Festivals
Day 1 Dhanteras / Dhantheran / Dhantrayodashi / Dhanwantari Triodasi / Yamadeepdaan / Dhan Teyras
Day 2 Choti Diwali / Kali Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi
Day 3 Diwali / Lakshmi Puja / Baddi Diwali
Day 4 Govardhan Puja / Annakoot/ Pratipat /
Day 5 Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej / Dvitiya

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