Last Updated: 3/29/2017 11:27:22 AM
Diwali 2017 date is 19 October.Diwali, also popularly known as Deepavali, is the most awaited festival for Hindus all over the globe. Diwali is the festival of lights, that is the pious symbol of eradicating darkness with the influence of light. The brightness of the country during the festive season of Diwali is enough to leave someone spellbound. There are various rituals according to the different traditions, that are to be followed every year on the day of Diwali. The celebrants of Diwali are always very enthusiastic towards this magnificent festival. The festival of Diwali is celebrated by people of all ages and the celebrations last for many days.
Diwali is a five day festive carnival that commences with Dhanteras and completes with the celebration of bhai dooj. In accordance to the lunar calendar (Hindu calendar), Diwali always falls in the month of Kartik. Diwali is a day of immense joy and celebrations for all the Hindus. With the medium of Diwali, Hindus commemorate the return of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxman to his native place, Ayodhya, after a long span of 14 years. In order to follow the ritual of Diwali with utter devotion, people worship Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati. Lots of diyas and candles are lightened with a belief of victory of good over evil. People also show their devotion and happiness by playing with fire crackers.
The festive season of Diwali is starting from 1st of November with the festival called Dhanteras. Dhanteras is marked as a very significant day for all the people as it is the day of wealth and prosperity. Buying gold, silver or any utensil is the ritual that is followed prevalently on the day of Dhanteras. All the things that are bought on this day are worshipped on the day of Diwali. It is firmly believed that Dhanteras is celebrated in the adoration of the Lord of death “Yamraj”.
After Dhanteras, the festival of Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated in the country that is falling on 17th October in 2017. Narak Chaturdashi is also known as Chhoti Diwali. In fact, many of the people recognize this day with the name of Chhoti Diwali only. The main purpose of celebrating Narak Chaturdashi is to pay tribute to the victory of Lord Krishna over a devil Narakasur. On this day too, diyas and candles are lightened in the evening as a ritual.
Diwali that is on the day of 19th October is the festival that witness great zeal and fervor every year. People decorate their homes with beautiful lights, flowers, rangolis and other decorative items. Also, the homes are cleaned as Goddess Laxmi is invited home by every Hindu on the day of Diwali. Therefore, it is said that Maa Laxmi visits each home and blesses family with all the happiness.
The second last day of the festive season of Diwali is celebrated as the day of Govardhan pooja. Govardhan puja will be done on 20th October in 2017. The mythology has it that once Lord Krishna saved the people of his village from severe raining condition by lifting the Govardhan parvat on his little finger. Since that day Govardhan pooja is done in the honor of the nature and the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra dev. The enthusiasm of the festival can mainly be witnessed in the city of Mathura.
The great festival Diwali comes to an end with Bhai Dooj. Bhai Dooj in 2017 will be celebrated on 21st October. All the brothers are invited to the home of their sisters on the day of Bhai Dooj. It is a ritual to put tilak on the forehead of the brother and ask for his blessings. In return, brothers bless their sisters and also promise to protect them forever. The festival of Bhai Dooj came into existence due to a promise made by the Lord Yama to his sister Yami. Yami invited Lord Yama to her home to meet and gave him a grand welcome. Delighted with the warm welcome, Lord Yama promised her that this day will be celebrated till eternity.
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Diwali is such a marvelous festival that contains many ways of celebrations. Worshipping the deities is one way that completes the celebrations of Diwali. All the other ways includes offerings sweets to one another, visiting the homes of loved ones and also playing with firecrackers. The essence of the festival is in the way it is celebrated. Some people even offer sweets and food to the people who can’t afford all the things themselves. People always prefer new clothes on Diwali to worship and celebrate it. The day is not meant to be celebrated alone. Many people can be seen in groups playing with firecrackers together. The lights of the festival attract the eyes of everyone and everything looks beautiful like heaven that very day.
Diwali can be celebrated in various ways, only the thing required to celebrate it is faith and devotion. That faith should be in the Almighty and devotion to the rituals of the festival.Pick your own way of celebrating Diwali and have a safe and blasting Diwali.
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