Diwali Celebration 2017– 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.
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 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 lights and diyas, 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 Calendar – Diwali Celebration 2017 is as follows:
Day 1 — 16th October 2017, Monday ~~ Dwadashi, Govatsa Dwadashi
Day 2 – 17th October 2017, Tuesday ~~ Trayodashi, Mahalakshmi Kuber Puja on Dhanteras, Dhantrayodashi, Yama Deepam
Day 3 – 18th October 2017, Wednesday ~~ Narak Chaturdashi, Chhoti Diwali
Day 4 – 19th October 2017, Thursday ~~ Amavasya, Laxmi Puja, Diwali Puja
Day 5 – 20th October 2017, Friday ~~ Pratipada, Govardhan Puja
Day 6 – 21st October 2017, Saturday ~~ Dwitiya, Bhai Dooj
Wish all of you a very Happy and safe Diwali Celebration 2017!