Looking for when is Diwali (दिवाली) in 2017?
If yes, you have come to the right place. Diwali (दिवाली) in 2017 will be observed on Thursday, 19th October.
What is Diwali all about?
As per Hindu Calendar, the festival of Diwali (दिवाली) falls on Dark fortnight (Amavasya) of Kartik month.
Diwali (दिवाली), popularly known as ‘festival of lights’, is a Hindu festival which is usually observed in the months of October or November. However, Diwali (दिवाली) in 2017 will be observed on Thursday, 19th October. The festival marks the return of Lord Rama after 14 years of Vanvas. Diwali (दिवाली) is primarily observed in India but is celebrated in all Hindu communities all over the world.
Despite being a Hindu festival, people from other religions and communities to enjoy the festivities and celebrations. The main attraction of the festival is decorating homes with lights and candles, fireworks, distributing sweets and gifts. The dates of the Diwali (दिवाली) festival vary every year because of the fact that it is based on Hindu Calendar and Hindu calendars are based on the Solar cycle. It is one of India’s most joyous and fun-filled festival which promotes the message of happiness and victory of good over evil.
Importance of Diwali:
Diwali is one of the most important festival celebrated all over India.For Hindus, it is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon Ravana. On this day Lord Ram was welcomed to Ayodhya with flowers and diya decorated all over, followed by the rangolis through out the kingdom. Due to which this tradition is still followed of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness. Rangoli’s and Lakshmi padukas are drawn at the entrance of the house to welcome Goddess Lakshmi to visit one’s home and bring prosperity along with her.
There are various customs and traditions followed by people during diwali followed by burning of crackers, playing cards, lightning of lamps, wearing new clothes, distribution of sweets, exchange of gifts, decorating the house with flowers and lights etc.
Diwali a 5 days Festival:
Diwali is celebrated for 5 days. As each day has its own importance and significance.
♦ The 1st day: “Dhanteras”, on this day people buy new things like utensils, silver, gold, etc.
♦The 2nd day:“Chhoti Diwali” which normally involves preparation for the next day and the tradition of playing cards is observed in many families.
♦The 3rd day:“Lakshmi Puja” one this day people worship Goddess Lakshmi. This is known as the main day of Diwali festival.
♦The 4th day:“Govardhan Puja”
♦The 5th day ends with “Bhai Dooj”