The resplendent festival of Diwali or Deepavali brings with it lots of good cheer, exuberance, color and vivacity that engulfs one and all throughout India. People of all age groups as well as social and economic standing celebrate this "festival of lights" with equal zeal and devotion to best of their ability. Wearing new clothes, visiting houses of near and dear ones, exchanging gifts, and decorating households are some of interesting activities associated with Diwali celebrations. Diwali is celebrated on a moonless night; thus, the radiance of numerous diyas, candles and light bulbs lit across India becomes even more spectacular to perceive. The entire mood of Diwali festivities that continue for around five days is absolutely thrilling and fascinating. Continue browsing to know about the date of Diwali in 2016.
According to the auspicious Hindu calendar, the five day festivities of Diwali begin at the end of the month of Ashwin (between September and October) and culminate in the beginning of the month of Kartika (between October and November). The five day celebrations kick off with Dhanteras, which is celebrated as the beginning of the new financial year by most Indian business communities. On this day, people indulge in lots of shopping, especially of gold and silver ornaments and coins. Buying household utensils and kitchenware is also considered auspicious on this day. Naraka Chaturdasi, which is popularly known as Chhoti Diwali, is celebrated on the second day of this five-day long festival. It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna, along with his wife Satyabhama, vanquished a demon named Naraka. Firecrackers and fireworks are done on a small scale on this day. They give one a taste of the coming festivities of Deepavali.
On the third day, which is Amavasya, Badi Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi, the bestower of wealth and prosperity, is worshipped across India in all Hindu households. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that on this day all powerful goddesses remain in good mood and visit the Earth. This is the reason why people keep their houses clean and well decorated so that the goddess visits their home and bestows all material riches on them. The fourth day is celebrated as Kartika Shudda Padyami and is devoted to Govardhan Pooja. On this day, small hillocks of cow dung are made and worshipped, which represent the original hillock located in Braj near Mathura. This hillock was picked up by Lord Krishna and used as an umbrella in order to protect villagers from heavy rainfall. On the fifth day of Diwali festivities, Bhai Dooj is commemorated when sisters invite their brothers to their homes. This day signifies the importance of the warm and loving relationship between a brother and sister.
An ancient legend, myth and story is incorporated with each day of Diwali celebration that instills everyone's faith in the fact that no matter how powerful evil seems, good will always be victorious over it. Diwali not just illuminates the outside but also warms up the hearts and minds of the people. It makes the bonds of relationships strong and everlasting. Busting firecrackers, bingeing on delicious sweets, arranging social get-togethers, and spending quality time with near and dear ones are essential parts of Diwali. They also spend time offering prayers to various deities, such as Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Mother Kali, Lord Chitragupta and Govardhan Parvat. Thus, festivities of Diwali are intricately interwoven in the social and cultural fabric of India. The festival of lights brings with it renewed hope and reminds all of positive things in life.
Diwali 2016: Sunday, October 30th
Diwali 2017: Thursday, October 19th