Deepavali Festival Wishes
Diwali is the festival of lights, celebrated across India and the world by the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Diwali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Per Hindu epic Ramayana, it is believed that on this day, Lord Rama returned from 14-year exile period along with brother Lakshman and wife Sita after killing demon king Ravana in Lanka.
The day when Ravana was killed is celebrated as Dussehra in India and 10 days later, the auspicious festival of Diwali is celebrated. As it is the day of Amavasya or new moon, homes are lit up in the dark night. On this day, Lakshmi Pujan is also performed to pay tribute to the ancestors. Devotees keep day-long fast and break it after Puja in the evening. Diwali is a public holiday. Day before Diwali is chhoti Diwali, which is celebrated a day after Dhanteras. It is also called Naraka Chaturdash.
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Diwali Date in 2021s
Chhoti Diwali Date: Naraka Chaturdash is on October 26, Saturday
Badi Diwali Date: Deepavali is on October 27, Sunday
Diwali is the five days festivity period which begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj.
Know 5 Days of Diwali Festival
Day 1 of Diwali festival is on October 25, Friday – Dhanteras
Day 2 of Diwali festival is on October 26, Saturday – Hanuman Puja or Chhoti Diwali
Day 3 of Diwali festival is on October 27, Sunday – Lakshmi Puja, Diwali
Day 4 of Diwali festival is on October 28, Monday – Govardhan Puja
Day 5 of Diwali festival is on October 29, Tuesday – Bhaiya Dooj
How people celebrate Diwali
The homes are spring-cleaned and it is also referred as “Diwali ki safai”. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi enters homes on this day; so special cleaning is done to welcome her into the house.
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Strings of tiny lights or electric bulbs are placed in the balconies or inside the homes for decoration.
Marigold flowers, ashoka, mango and banana leaves are used to decorate homes and offices.
Gifts are exchanged on this day among the relatives and friends. Diwali Puja or Lakshmi Puja is performed on this day in the evening.
Know Lakshmi Puja Muhurat or Diwali Puja Timings
Lakshmi Puja, Lakshmi-Ganesh Puja begins at 6:42 pm to 8:12 pm
Duration of Diwali Puja or Lakshmi Puja – 1 Hour 30 Minutes
The most auspicious time for Diwali Puja is after sunset which is called pradosh.
Pradosh Kaal timings – 5:36 pm to 8:12 pm
Vrishabha Kaal timings – 6:42 pm to 8:38 pm
Amavasya Tithi Begins – 12:23 pm on October 27, 2020
Amavasya Tithi Ends – 9:08 am on October 28, 2020
Deepavali festival dates between 2016 & 2026
2016 Saturday, 29th of October
2017 Wednesday, 18th of October
2018 Tuesday, 6th of November
2019 Sunday, 27th of October
2020 Saturday, 14th of November
2021 Thursday, 4th of November
2022 Monday, 24th of October
2023 Sunday, 12th of November
2024 Thursday, 31st of October
2025 Monday, 20th of October
2026 Sunday, 8th of November
While in the northern regions, people consider Diwali as the day Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana return from 14 years of exile, in the southern regions except the state of Kerala, Deepavali is celebrated to mark the death of asura Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna.
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On the auspicious day of Deepavali, people wake up early and begin their day with a warm oil bath before sunrise. They then wear new clothes, light candles, burst firecrackers and enjoy sweets with their loved ones. Though Deepavali is celebrated in South India a day ahead of Diwali in the northern states, this year, it falls on the same date – October 27.
“No Tamil Deepavali is complete without the ritualistic early morning oil bath where the eldest member of the family or the lady of the household puts three drops of sesame oil (with a gentle massage) on the heads of all family members before sunrise.
Then a mix of herb powders or shikakai is used to wash off the oil. The bath is termed holy because it is considered as sacred as bathing in the river Ganges, which is why relatives and friends exchange pleasantries asking ‘Ganga Snanam Aacha. notes Chennai-based Padma Mathrubootham.