Because of the changing position of moon, it always falls on different dates. This year, it will be celebrated on the 3rd of November .
The festival of light, Diwali, is one of the most sacred and popular festivals of India. Celebrated as the victory of good over evil and light over dark, this festival is as much a religious event as it is an entertaining and fun-filled occasion.
Though the major celebrations are restricted to one particular day, it is a five day long festive season. Starting with Dhanteras, which falls two days before Diwali, an auspicious day to buy new utensils and gold or silver jewelery and coins, celebration moves on to the next day, known as “Choti” Diwali, which is basically limited to cleaning and decoration of the houses and also shopping.
Then the major celebration day of Diwali comes, when Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganpati are worshiped, to bestow peace, prosperity and riches over a family and brilliant fireworks explode in the sky. Friends and relatives exchange gifts, sweets and good wishes with each other and the whole country swims in light.
Celebration moves on to Goverdhan puja or Annakut, the next day, and the continuing next day celebration of Bhai Dooj, when people worship the elements of nature and celebrate the bond and love of brother and sister, respectively.
Always in the months of November or October, Diwali, brings five days of sheer joy and festivity in a family.
Diwali Calendar 2013
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Diwali Calendar 2014
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Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated on the 21st day after Dussehra, in the month of Ashwin. It is one of the widely observed festivals of the Hindus in India. However, it is enjoyed by people of all religions.
Celebrations on Diwali
Diwali is celebrated for five days. Here’s a brief summary of the celebrations on each of the five days.
|Day 1: Dhanteras
Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped so as to seek her divine blessings and acquire wealth and prosperity. During this occasion, people buy gold or silver jewelry as well as kitchenware. God Yama is also worshipped on Dhanteras.
|Day 2: Chhoti Diwali
The Chhoti Diwali falls on the 14th day of the month of Kartik. On this day, people celebrate the triumph of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. Diwali celebrations on this day include the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the lighting of diyas, and the bursting of fireworks. Chhoti Diwali coincides with the birthday of Hanumanji. Hence, the festival of Hanuman Jayanti is also celebrated on this day.
|Day 3: Diwali
The 3rd day is the most important day of the Diwali celebrations. This day is entirely devoted to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. People create colorful rangolis on this day and decorate their homes with a variety of oil lamps, candles, and electric lights. This day is considered as an auspicious occasion by Hindu businessmen, and many of them start a new accounting year or a new venture on Diwali.
|Day 4: Padwa or Govardhan Puja
The 4th day of Diwali is celebrated as Padwa or Varshapratipada. On this day, Govardhan Puja is performed in North India. This day is also observed as Annakoot. People pray to Goddess Lakshmi on this day and dress up in new clothes. This is the day when people put on new jewelry as well. They send exciting gifts to their near and dear ones on this festive occasion. Whether it is a box of sweets, a pack of dry fruits, or a box of fireworks, gift your loved ones something interesting to make their Diwali celebrations fun and exciting.
|Day 5: Bhai Dooj
The 5th day is observed as Bhai Dooj. On this day, sisters put a tilak on their brothers’ foreheads and pray for their well-being. The brothers offer exciting gifts to their sisters and vice versa.