Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights”—a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 12, 2023.
It has become a cultural event in North America that’s celebrated with sweets and special foods. Learn about Diwali, when it occurs, and common traditions!
Five Festive Days of Diwali
Diwali also known as the Festival of Lights is a five days Hindu festival, celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival among all, celebrates to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness.
The Festival of Lights commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14-years of Vanvas other associates events are killing of Narakasura and Return of Pandavas after 12 year. Five Days of Diwali starting from Dhanteras to Bhaiduj but in Maharashtra it starts with Vasu Baras, the cow and calf are worship on this day.
The first day of Diwali festival is named as Dhanteras falls on 13th day of 2nd half of lunar month. Dhanteras is considered as one of the most auspicious day by Hindu to for buying utensils,silver coins,gold and vehicle. Dhanteras is celebrate as birth of Sri Dhanvantari God, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu as the physician of the gods.
नर्क चतुर्दशी (Naraka Chaturdasi)
The second day of Diwali is celebrate as Naraka Chaturdasi or Kali Chaudas, demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Shri Krishna, An Avatar of Lord Vishnu. During the day Hindus get up before the sun rise take a holy bath and then clean or new clothes are worn followed by breakfast with relatives and friends.
(लक्ष्मी पूजा) Lakshmi Puja
The third day of Diwali is known as Lakshmi Puja, the most important day among the five days of festival. Lakshmi Puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi,the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, prosperity and the embodiment of beauty.
Lakshmi Mata, the goddess of wealth is worship as Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali with Lord Ganesha, the God of auspicious beginnings with light lamps in the every corner of home to welcome prosperity.
(गोवर्धन पूजा) Govardhan Puja
The fourth day is Diwali is celebrate as Govardhan Puja and Bali Pratipada also known as Padava. Govardhan Puja is celebrated as the day Krishna defeated Indra asked the people to worship nature.
(भैयादूज) Bhai Dooj
The last day of the five days long Diwali festival end with Bhai Dooj, The day when sisters pray for long and happy lives for their brothers. Bhai Dooj is also called as Yama Dwitiya,Bhai Tika or Bhai Bij, brothers and sisters share their love for each other with an Aarti,meal and gifts.
Play a trivia game with kids and family this Diwali 🙂
Trivia game questions: (answers below)
What is Hanuman’s mother’s name?
Which Hindu month Diwali is observed on?
What does the Sikh community call Diwali?
Who killed Narakasura?
What type of oil is traditionally used to light lamps?
In Diwali celebrations what is celebrated on last days?
In which country the Festival of Light is known as Lin Kriyongh?
For how many days Diwali is celebrated according to lunar Hindu calendar?
Which country celebrates the lantern Festival of Lights?
Playing cards during Diwali is part of celebrations in which Indian metropolis?
Name the sweet made during Diwali?
Sita’s three sisters and their husbands – name them?
Yama Dwitiya. Bhaiduj.
Urmila married to Lakshman. Mandavi to Bharat. Shrutkirti to Shatrughan.