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When is Diwali 2017?
Diwali in 2017 will start on Wednesday, the 18th of October and will continue for 5 days until Sunday, the 22nd of October.
Diwali falls in October or November. The actual date is based on the Lunisolar Hindu calendar and it marks the beginning of a new year according to Hindu calendar.
Why is Diwali celebrating?
1) The return of Lord Rama from his fourteen years long exile after vanquishing the demon-king Ravana.
2) The attainment of moksha by Mahavira in 527 BC
3) The marriage of Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu.
Approximately 15% of the world’s population celebrates Diwali (900 million – 1 billion)
Diwali has significance to various religions:
Triumph of good over Evil – The revered Lord Rama returns from exile to a kingdom decorated with lights.
Attaining liberation (moksha) – Mahavira, a leader of Jainism delivered his final teachings and attained Moksha.
Freedom – On this day, the sixth Guru was released from capture and returned to the GOLDEN TEMPLE, a sacred shrine for the Sikhs.
How Diwali is celebrated:
No other festivals in India are celebrated as much as Diwali. As Diwali preparations start from previous month like buying new dresses getting sweets and crackers. Booking tickets for going hometown and seeking leave for two to three days in the workplace.
At early morning normally people wake at 5:00 AM, heats gingerly oil with few black peppers and apply throughout the body and allows for 1hour. Doing exercise on that one hour and after talking bath naturally mostly sika-kai powder good for hair. Wearing new dresses and worshipping to God then eating sweets after bursting crackers.
Mom used to prepare idli for the morning after eating again starts to burst crackers and many used to go for a movie or relations home or friends home. Through the day is fully colorful.
Around the world – Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Srilanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji.
Deepavali is a five-day festival:
Day 1: Dhanteras is the first day of Deepavali. God Dhanvantri is worshipped and it is an auspicious day for buying utensils and gold.
Day 2: The demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna. It signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness
Day 3: Lakshmi Puja marks the most important day of Deepavali celebrations. Hindu homes light lamps & burst crackers to welcome prosperity.
Day 4: Govardhan puja is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Indra and lifted Govardhana hill to save his kinsmen and cattle from rain and floods.
Day 5: On Bhaiduj, brothers and sisters meet to express love and affection for each other. Special gifts on the fifth & final day of Deepavali.