About Diwali – Deepavali : The Festival of Lights

If you are not familiar with Diwali then you might be wondering What is Diwali, When is Diwali, etc.

Diwali or Deepavali, popularly known as the “Festival of Lights” is a five-day Hindu festival which is celebrated not only in India but across the world.

Deepavali Celebrations

The Celebrations of Diwali start on Dhanteras, celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik.

Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Five Days of Diwali

Day 1 : Dhanteras (also known as Dhanatrayodashi)
Day 2 : Choti Diwali (also known as Naraka Chaturdashi / Kali Chaudas)
Day 3 : Diwali or Lakshmi Puja
Day 4 : Padwa (also Celebrated Bali Pratipada and Govardhan Puja)
Day 5 : Bhaiduj or Bhaubeej (also known as Yama Dwitiya)

As India is a land of vast diversity, Diwali signifies many different things to people across the country. In north India, Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile; in Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth; and in Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali. Everywhere, it signifies the renewal of life, and accordingly it is common to wear new clothes during these five days of Diwali and have lots of fun.

Diwali Celebrations :

Diwali Celebrations

During Diwali people lit lamps filled with oil known as diyas. People also decorate their houses, draw beautiful Rangoli’s outside their homes and also burst fire crackers. During Diwali people also eat lots of sweets and also give gifts to their friends and family members.

People also send Happy Diwali SMS, Text Messages, Greeting Cards & Wishes to all.

In short, Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals.

We at 1234Diwali.com wish all readers Happy Diwali

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