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Last Updated: 22nd October, 2019

Diwali (Deepavali) 2019

When is Diwali 2019?
Diwali for the year 2019 will celebrate on 27 October, which falls on a Sunday.

Diwali 2019

Calendar Of Deepavali Holidays 2019

Day Date Festivals
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.

When is Diwali in 2019

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.

Deepavali Holidays From 2018 to 2025


Year Weekday Date Name
2018 Wed 7 Nov Diwali/Deepavali
2019 Sun 27 Oct Diwali/Deepavali
2020 Sat 14 Nov Diwali/Deepavali
2021 Thu 04 Nov Diwali/Deepavali
2022 Mon 24 Oct Diwali/Deepavali
2023 Thu 09 Nov Diwali/Deepavali
2024 Fri 01 Nov Diwali/Deepavali
2025 Tue 21 Oct Diwali/Deepavali

What does Diwali or Deepawali mean?

Deepawali celebration

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.


Reasons to Celebrate Diwali

Reasons to Celebrate Diwali

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.


Diwali Food

Diwali Food

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.


Diwali Around the World

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.

  • Singapore
  • Mauritius
  • Malaysia
  • USA
  • Australia

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.


How is Diwali Celebrated?

Diwali Celebration

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.


What does Rangoli mean?

Diwali Rangoli

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.


 

Five Days of Diwali

Many rituals are observed during the five day long joyous and auspicious festival of Diwali.

Dhanteras (Friday, 25th October, 2019)

Dhanteras

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.

Dhanteras Messages

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
शुभ धनतेरस

शुभ धनतेरस की आप सब को बधाईयाँ


Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (Saturday, 26th October, 2019)

Chhoti Diwali

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.

Chhoti Diwali Messages

Har dam khushiya ho sath, Kabhu daman na ho kahli Humsab ki taraf se happy Diwali!

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!


Amavasya (Sunday, 27th October, 2019)

Happy 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.

Diwali Messages

May the Festival of Lights, Full Your Life with the Glow of Happiness and the Sparkle of Joy. Happy Diwali

Wishes You a Very Happy, Bright and Prosperous Diwali!

Celebrating light, hope and goodness around the world. ― Happy Diwali

 


Goverdhan Puja (Monday, 28th October, 2019)

Goverdhan Puja

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.

Govardhan Puja Messages

श्री कृष्ण जिनका नाम
गोकुल जिनका धाम ऐसे भगवान श्री कृष्ण को
हम सब का प्रणाम
हैप्पी गोवर्धन पूजा

श्री कृष्ण जिनका नाम गोकुल जिनका धाम ऐसे भगवान श्री कृष्ण को हम सब का प्रणाम हैप्पी गोवर्धन पूजा

Govardhan pooja ki shubhkaamnaayein.


Bhai Dooj (Tuesday, 29th October, 2019)

Bhai Dooj

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.