Diwali or Deepavali is by far the most popular and extravagant festival of the Hindu Religion. Its significance is such that Diwali is also celebrated by the followers of Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism in various forms and customs. It will not be an exaggeration to repute this festival as the biggest festival of India. Diwali is also celebrated in various parts of the world with equal enthusiasm. It is known as the “Festival of Lights”.
Actually, Diwali or Deepavali is made up of two words – “Deep” which means Lamp or Diyas and “Avali” which means a row of lamps. It symbolizes the victory of Goodness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight “Amavasya” in the Hindu month of Kartik. This usually falls in the month of October or November.
Diwali has the status of being the favorite festival of Indians. Homes are decorated, lamps are lit and sounds of firecrackers engulf the atmosphere to create a world of fantasy around us. The festivity and enthusiasm linked with Diwali go on to make it the most glamorous festival of India. It is also a gazetted holiday in India. Government Offices, post offices, and banks are closed in India on Diwali.
The festival of Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing 14 years in exile. Goddess Lakshmi who symbolizes wealth and prosperity is also worshiped on Diwali. The festival is celebrated as “Kaali Pooja” in West Bengal. In southern India, Diwali commemorates the conquering of the Asura Naraka.
Diwali Date 2020
Diwali festivity lasts for five days. It begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj. However, in Maharashtra, the festivity begins one day earlier on Govatsa Dwadashi, whereas in Gujarat the Diwali festivities begin two days earlier on Agyaras and culminates on Labh Panchami.
Diwali Date: 14th November 2020 (Saturday)
Diwali Puja Dates for 2020
Deepavali Day 1 Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras: 12th November 2020 (Thursday)
Deepavali Day 2 Dhantrayodashi, Dhanteras Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Hanuman Puja, Yama Deepam Kali Chaudas: 13th November 2020 (Friday)
Deepavali Day 3 Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali Kedar Gauri Vrat, Chopda Puja Sharda Puja, Kali Puja: 14th November 2020 (Saturday)
Deepavali Day 4 Diwali Snan, Diwali Devpuja Govardhan Puja: 15th November 2020 (Sunday)
Deepavali Day 5 Gujarati New Year, Bhaiya Dooj, Yama Dwitiya: 16th November 2020 (Monday)
!! Happy Diwali !!