When is Diwali 2019?
Diwali for the year 2019 will celebrate on 27 October, which falls on a Sunday.
|Day 1||25th October
Friday / शुक्रवार
|Dhanteras / Dhantheran / Dhantrayodashi / Dhanwantari Triodasi / Yamadeepdaan / Dhan Teyras|
|Day 2||26th October
Saturday / शनिवार
|Choti Diwali / Kali Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi|
|Day 3||27th October
Sunday / रविवार
|Diwali / Lakshmi Puja / Baddi Diwali|
|Day 4||28th October
Monday / सोमवार
|Govardhan Puja / Annakoot/ Pratipat /|
|Day 5||29th October
Tuesday / मंगलवार
|Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej / Dvitiya|
Diwali also known as Deepawali is the most auspicious festival celebrated in India. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali, is believed to be the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The festival is the symbol of victory of good over evil, light over darkness and hope over despair. On this day Lord Rama, the son of King Dasaratha, who went to live in exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana for 14 years returned to his home Ayodhya. People lit lamps to welcome the Lord on that day and decorated their houses. Since then this festival is celebrated with full fervor and enthusiasm.
Diwali is celebrated in October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. usually its on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar.
Deep means 'diyas' and avali means 'a row'. So, the word Deepawali means a row of lights. It is also known as the festival of lights. People light clay lamps to signify the good over the evil. The festival marks the beginning of the holiest month Kartik. All Indians celebrate this festival with full fervor and enthusiasm.
There are several reasons to celebrate Diwali in India as per beliefs and customs but the most popular one is the return of Lord Rama, the son of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya who went to live in exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana for 14 years. It is believed that on this very day Lord Rama returned to his home after winning a battle against demon and demon king Ravana. It is also believed that the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi, one of the principle deities was born on this day. According to mythology, she was the first one to be incarnated on the new moon day of the Kartik month(Kartik Amavasya) during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan). This is the reason she is closely associated with Diwali.
Throughout the festival, various sweets and savory items are prepared. Ranging from traditional sweets like Laddoo, Barfi and Son Papdi to occasional sweets like Sweet Samosas, Puran Poli, and Gulab Jamun etc are prepared on this day.
Undoubtedly, Diwali is the biggest festival of India. It has great fanfare in other countries as well, where non residents who are present in large numbers. Check out the list of the following countries where Diwali is celebrated.
Indians around the world celebrate Diwali with full merriment. People around the globe get a chance to share the cultural tradition by wearing traditional dresses and performing rituals. Indians living in various countries around the world try to follow several rituals and customs. Ladies apply henna on their hands to prepare for festivals. They decorate their houses with various kinds of lights flowers and wall hangings. Family get-togethers are arranged and prayers are performed by the whole family to offer gratitude to the lord.
Hindus celebrate Diwali for five days. However, all five days have different significance and celebrations. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after killing the demon king Ravana and bearing an exile of 14 years. The festival is also celebrated as it is believed that the Goddess of wealth Lakshmi was born on this day. Hindus clean their houses, decorate them and at night offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha. Not only this, they also worship Lord Rama and Lady Sita and pray to God to bestow blessings over them. Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It falls on the day of Amavasya, the no moon day. So, in order to eliminate darkness people burst crackers and a huge display of firework is seen in the sky.
Rangoli, which is a folk art of India is drawn on floors using various colors during special occasions and celebrations. Apart from colors material like rice and other seeds or flower petals are used. The main purpose of drawing Rangoli is decoration and also to welcome the Gods and Goddesses which are going to visit the house during festival seasons. The designs used to draw Rangoli reflect traditions, folklore, and practices which vary from area to area.
Many rituals are observed during the five day long joyous and auspicious festival of Diwali.
The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras. This comprises two words Dhan, which means wealth and teras, which is the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. Thus, Dhanteras is a celebration of prosperity. On the day, people purchase gold, utensils etc and also welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.
दीप जले तो रोशन आपका जहान हो
पूरा आपका हर एक अरमान हो,
माँ लक्ष्मी जी की कृपा बनी रहे आप पर,
आप बहुत धनवान हों. !!
शुभ धनतेरस !!
आपके यहाँ धन की बरसात हो
माँ लक्ष्मी का वास हो, संकटों का नाश हो;
उन्नति का सर पर ताज हो और घर में शांति का वास हो
This is the second day of Diwali. According to a legend, the demon Narakasura was killed on this day by Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali and 16,000 princes who were taken into captivity by the demon were freed.
Indulging in the festivity full of zest and zeal. A day ahead of Diwali celebrations with magical fireworks and lightning. Wishing you happiness and prosperity.
May this Choti Diwali Fill your heart with enthusiasm and joy... So that you have a sparking Diwali!
The third day, this is the main day of the festival and is very significant, especially in north and western part of India. The day is marked by fireworks and the lighting of candles. In the evening, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped.
May the Festival of Lights, Full Your Life with the Glow of Happiness and the Sparkle of Joy. Happy Diwali
The fourth day of the festival is known as Goverdhan Puja. While in North India, the day marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Indira, the God of Thunder, in the South people worship the demon King Bali. In Gujarat Goverdhan Puja marks the beginning of the New Year.
The fifth and final day is known as Bhai Dooj. This festival is similar to Raksha Bandhan. On this day sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers who in turn take a vow to protect them. It is a wonderful festival, which exhibits the bonds of love between a brother and sister.