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Diwali in 2013

Last Updated: 1/19/2013 4:55:22 PM

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When is DIWALI IN 2013?

DIWALI IN 2013 is on 3 November. This Diwali, let's start afresh with a realization and acceptance that the light of falsehood blinds whereas truth is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object. In the dark and gloomy times that we live in today, it is important to get back to our roots to celebrate the truth in the light of Diwali. Get all you wish to know about Diwali in 2013 out here.

Like every year, this year too, it will be all about fun, gaiety, rebonding, crackers and all kinds of lights from Diya's to candles and artificial lamps. However, Indian festivals always have a symbolic meaning and a deep rooted moral and religious significance, so does Diwali every year. Beside all the celebration and hearty time with friends and family, the all prevailing message remains , that is celebrating the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, a message that will be reiterated here again in Diwali in 2013. Let’s have a quick look at all those important days that are a part of celebration and rituals of Diwali in 2013 and understand their significance.

Dhanteras - Dhan Trayodashi

The first day of Diwali in 2013 is known as Dhanteras or Dhan Treyodashi. This will be celebrated on 1st November, 2013. Traditionally, this is a day for cleaning up homes and discarding all things old. As a part of custom people buy gold or silver Or at least a utensil for their home as they believe that buying "Dhan" (asset) in some form of metal will bring luck and prosperity for their family. Businessmen perform Dhanteras puja by worshipping their "bahi-khatas" (accounts books). A large diya is lighted in front of the main entrance of homes.

Narak Chaturdashi - Chhoti Diwali

Narak Chaturdashi also known as Lakshmi Puja Amavasya will be celebrated on the 2nd of November 2013. It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna killed Narakasur , with prayers being offered and lamps lit on this day too.

Diwali

This is the main day of celebration. Deepawali (Diwali) in 2013 is on November 3. The whole day through there is a great deal of celebration, which includes bringing home the Ganesha and Lakshmi idol home. get togethers and gift exchange. The Ganesha –Lakshmi puja takes place in the evening, lighting diyas candles and artificial lamps that glitter in the pitch dark of the night. Bursting crackers are a special part of celebration and add to the overall enjoyment of the occasion. According to legend Diwali is celebrated to commemorate Ram’s return to Ayodhya .

Annakut - Govardhan Puja - Kali Puja

This is celebrated on the next day of Diwali, so this year Annakut, Govardhan or Kali Puja will be celebrated on 4th November 2013. Annakut refers to a special kind of dish prepared using all kinds of vegetables and later distributed as prasad in temples along with puri ,curry and rice . Married woman celebrate this day as Govardhan Puja and in Bengal this day is celebrated as Kali Puja .

Bhaiya Duj - Yama Dwitya

The last day of Diwali celebrations is celebrated as Bhaiya Duj or Yama Dwitya, which is on 5th November 2013. A special occasion for brothers and sisters, a sister prays for her brothers long life and adorns his forehead with a tilak. In return her brother gives her a present.
 
The festival of Diwali is a blend of all these five festivals and each day is celebrated with great zeal.

Let Diwali 2013 take you back to your roots and discover the erstwhile child in you. The grandeur of Diwali is inexplicable in words; it is more like an identity of Hindus irrespective of their caste and class. Across the world, this festival gives us a uniqueness that people very closely associate with as part of Indian custom and tradition. So irrespective of where you are and what you do and whichever religion you belong to, celebrate Diwali in 201 and celebrate the underlying theme of the victory of good over evil. Wish all you out there Happy Diwali in 2013!!



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