Last Updated: 1/19/2013 4:55:22 PM
Diwali in 2017 is on 19 October. 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 out here.
The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi. This will be celebrated on 17th October, 2017. 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 also known as Lakshmi Puja Amavasya will be celebrated on the 18th of October 2017. It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna killed Narakasura, with prayers being offered and lamps lit on this day too.
This is the main day of celebration. Deepawali (Diwali) in 2017 is on October 19. 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 Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya. In Bengal, this day is celebrated as Kali Puja.
This is celebrated on the next day of Diwali, so this year Annakut, Govardhan or Kali Puja will be celebrated on 20th October 2017. 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.
Let Diwali 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 and celebrate the underlying theme of the victory of good over evil. Wish all you out there Happy Diwali..!!
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