Diwali Festival

Diwali is among the major Festival in Hindu culture and is celebrated with great reverence and fun. As per the legends, on this very day, Lord Rama returned from their exile period of 14 years to their home city Ayodhya. To commemorate the celebration of his return, people light up their houses with Diyas. It is a five day long festival and this begins with Dhanteras. On the dark moon night called as ‘Krishna Paksha’, this festival is celebrated. Also several other events related to this, like killing of Narakasura by Lord Sri Krishana. Also, Pandavas returned to their home after 12 years of exile period and 1 year of incognito.

There are five days in Diwali festival and their names are:

  1. Dhanatrayodashi or Dhantera-1st Day
  2. Naraka Chaturdashi-2nd Day
  3. Lakshmi Puja-3rd Day
  4. Govardhan Puja-4th Day
  5. Bhaiduj-5th Day

Since this is a very auspicious period and most important festival in Hindu culture, celebrations are huge on these days. Preparation for prayers, shopping etc starts ten days before the festival. Busting crackers, sweets, dry fruits are quite the common things that are seen on this occasion. But over the years, the commercialization of this festival has occurred, but it has added more charm to Diwali festival. In different part of India, people have different way of celebrating it and this is due to the fact that, there are some regional variations.

When Diwali is celebrated

Diwali is 5 day long festival and have transition from the month of Ashvin to Kartik month beginning. Generally the days in the Ashvin months are called as Krishna Paksha or Dark Fortnight and days in the Kartik months are called as Shukla Paksha or Bright Fortnight. In the year 2014, Diwali will be celebrated on 23rd October 2014, Thursday.

Subha Muhurta For Diwali Lakshmi Puja These timings are auspicious for doing Puja 19:19 to 20:21 (On 23rd October 2014). 36 minute time is auspicious for prayers.

 How People Celebrate Diwali Festival

Celebrations are huge in these 5 days and it can be seen that, people tends to spend more during these festivals. Preparation for it starts before 10 days. Since this is a very auspicious occasion, people tend to buy new things. On the day of Dhanteras, it is practice to buy new thing. So, any types of gadgets, car, utensils etc are bought on this day. People tend to forget all types of grudge and difference between each other and come forward to celebrate it. Wearing new cloths is a unique tradition and thus, shops are full of cloths. Female usually wear sarees and males wear Kurta Pujama or Shervani. Bursting of crackers is an also major part; this is done in order to welcome good. Goddesses lakshmi is majorly worshipped on this day. At home people prepare various types of sweets, dishes etc and in the evening when prayers are performed, they are placed in front of god. Sharing and exchanging gifts is also a major event during these times and it includes, sweets, dry fruits, fruits, gifts etc. Dancing, visiting each other home etc are part of this day. On Dhanteras, it is auspicious to buy a utensil, small or large whatever may be the size.

Diwali 2014 Date: When is Diwali?

Diwali 2013 was celebrated on Sunday November 3, 2013.
Diwali 2014 will be Celebrated on Thursday October 23, 2014.
Diwali 2015 will be celebrated on Wednesday November 11, 2015.
Diwali 2016 will be celebrated on Wednesday October 30, 2016.


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