Why Diwali is Celebrated ?
Diwali, also called Deepavali, is a festival of lights that stands for victory of good over evil. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik that coincides with October-November. (Diwali 2016 is on 30th October, Sunday.)
On this day, Rama, along with his wife, Sita and his brother, Lakshmana, had returned to his capital, Ayodhya, after a long exile of fourteen years. It is believed that the people lit oil lamps all along the way to light the royal family’s path in the darkness and distributed sweets and gifts among their friends and relatives to celebrate the return of their King- the custom is followed to this day all over India.
On this auspicious day, Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth,is worshiped and traders start the new financial year and open new books of accounts. Hindus get their houses cleaned and painted for the occasion. On the day of the festival, they decorate their houses with fragrant flowers and the women of many houses make a colorful ‘rangoli’ a pretty pattern drawn and filled with different shades of colored powder, at the entrance.
The evening of the Diwali festival is celebrated with a varied display of firecrackers that are supposed to scare away the evil spirits. People wear new clothes and share sweets of different kinds with their guests, friends, neighbors and relatives. With time, Diwali has gone on to become a national festival and all Indians, irrespective of religion, caste or creed, participate in the merriment that is associated with this feast.
Diwali is celebrated for five days. Diwali 2016 Calendar is as follows:
Day 1 — 28th October 2016, Friday ~~ Trayodashi, Mahalakshmi Kuber Puja on Dhanteras
Day 2 – 29th October 2016, Saturday ~~ Chaturdashi, Chhoti Diwali
Day 3 – 30th October 2016, Sunday ~~ Amavasya, Laxmi Puja, Diwali Puja
Day 4 – 31st October 2016, Monday ~~ Pratipada, Goverdhan Puja
Day 5 – 1st November 2016, Tuesday ~~ Dwitiya, Bhai Dooj
Wish all of you a very happy and safe Diwali 2016!