Diwali In India Date and time

Diwali In India Date and time 

The first day (October 25, 2019)

 known as Dhanteras. "Money" means wealth and "thiras" refers to the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. This day is dedicated to celebrating prosperity. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi has come out of sea churning and is welcomed with special pooja (rituals). In addition, gold is traditionally bought, and people gather for cards and gaming. Ayurvedic doctors also honor Dhanvantari, who are the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who brought Ayurveda to mankind on this day. There are several temples dedicated to Dhanvantari and Ayurveda in Kerala and Tamilnadu.

On the second day (October 26, 2019),

 known as Naraka Chaturdashi or small Diwali (short Diwali). It is believed that Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur on this day. Demon gods are burnt in celebration in Goa.

The third day (October 27, 2019)

 is known as the new moon. This darkest day of the month is the most important day of Diwali festival in north and west India. Lakshmi is worshiped with special pooja on this day. The worship of Goddess Kali is usually done in West Bengal, Odisha and Assam (though Kali Puja sometimes happens on the basis of the Moon's cycle one day before).

The fourth day (October 28, 2019)

 has different meanings in India. In North India, Govardhan Puja is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated Indra of Lord Krishna of thunder and rain. In Gujarat, it is celebrated as the start of the new year. In Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamilnadu, the victory of Lord Vishnu on Demon King sacrifice is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padhyami.
Fifth day (October 29, 2019) is known as brother duo. It is dedicated to celebrating the sisters, in the same way the Raksha Bandhan is dedicated to the brothers. Brothers and Sisters get together and share food, to respect the bond between them.

More about Diwali

Find out more about the meaning of Diwali festival and how it is celebrated in this essential Diwali Festival guide, and see pictures in this Diwali Photo Gallery.

Surprisingly, where is the best time to attend the Diwali festival? Take a look at these diverse methods and places to celebrate Diwali in India.


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