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Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most prominent and famous Hindu festivals of India, celebrated with great gusto and fervor. In Sanskrit, word ‘Deepavali’ means “rows of lights” so this festival is also known as “Festival of Lights”. Diwali festival starts with Dhanteras, followed by small Diwali and then main Diwali. People of all religion enjoy this festival by making vibrant rangolis, lighting lamps 'diyas', distributing sweets, exchanging gifts between friends and relatives and burning crackers. This festival of lights transcends religion and is unanimously celebrated by Indians worldwide.
Diwali 2018 Date in India
Deepavali or Diwali is the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin each year.
The festival is celebrated with great fervour and joy as it marks the victory of good over evil, after the vanquishing of King Ravana of Lanka at the hands of Lord Rama and the return of the Suryavanshi King Lord Rama to his Ayodhya! Fables say that originally when the trio had returned to Ayodhya, the people of Ayodhya had lit the entire state with lamps to welcome their Lord’s visit after 14 years exile. It was like a long awaited end to a sad tale and the beginning of a new era of happiness and peace.
2018 Diwali Puja Muhurat / Lakshmi Puja 2018 Timing:
Other than Dhanteras Puja & lord Kubera Puja, the most important ritual of Diwali is Lakshmi Puja. Check below, what is the Lakshmi Puja timing 2018 in India?
* Time is based on IST standard.
How to Celebrate Deepavali in India?
Each year people of all communities celebrate this festival to welcome a new ray of hope into their lives through this festival, when all the negative forces are believed to be removed from both, one’s home and life. Before Diwali, people clean their home and paint it with attractive colors. Every nook and corner in the home is lighted with clay diyas or electric lamps to expel darkness and ensure prosperity can see its way home. Children and all the ages of people burnt firecrackers to enjoy the day.
Diwali is celebrated continuously till five days. Dhanteras is one of the important day before Diwali, one this day people buy new cloths, pots or jewelry for their family. Bhai dooj is celebrated after the Diwali.
Diwali is a five days long festival, celebrated in all over India with great zeal. This year Diwali celebration will start from November 5, 2018 to November 9, 2018. In this celebration, Dhanteras and Bhai dooj are also important days.
For Diwali festival, people do shopping of cloths and gold ornaments, which they wear before goddess Laxmi pujan. Flowers, sweets, food, amongst others are some of the ways in which people try to start a fresh and welcome a new year of bliss. On the night of Deepavali, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi puja has been performed everywhere in India to invoke their blessings for one’s well-being and growth. People get the blessing of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi in the form of health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
Apart from this, Deepawali also has a deeper significance in Jainism as on this special day, Lord Mahavira, the last of the Jain Tirthankar of this era, got Nirvana at Pavapuri, and therefore they celebrate it referring to it as Deva Devali. In Newar Buddhism as well, this festival has relevance as Ashok Vijayadashami as Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism on this very occasion.
Interesting facts about Diwali / Deepavali Festival -
Diwali also referred as Deepavali or Deepawali or Divali is the most important festival for Hidnu community in India and even worldwide. One can read the historical information on Diwali in Skanda Puran and Padama Puran too where Diyas represent the Sun. Every year, Diwali date is calculated according to Hindu Lunar calendar, which generally falls in the month of October or November. Below, one can check the lesser known facts or interesting facts about Diwali festival.
1 - Diwali is celebrated all around the world on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika.
2 - This festival is dedicated to Goddess Lakhsmi, although Lord Ganesha, Lord Kubera, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna are also worshipped in different parts.
3 - Diwali is not only the national holiday in India even in Nepal, Mauritius, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Guyana, Surinam and Fiji it is a national holiday.
4 - Diwali or Deepavali send a social message to the world that this festival signifies the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness and hope over despair.
5 - In Malaysia, Deepavali is celebrated as “Hari Diwali” in the month of Aswayuja.
6 - In Nepal, it is celebrated with the name of “Swanti or Tihar”. In Nepal, People worshipped “lord Yama” on the fourth day of Diwali to get the blessing of longer life.
7 - In all around the world, more than 80 crores people celebrate this festival by different names and in different ways.
8 - The meaning of Diwali is “The row of lighted diyas”.
9 - It is also a fact that on the day of Diwali, Lord Rama and Sita was returned to their kingdom Ayodhya after completing exile of 14 years.
10 - Diwali festival is celebrated for five days with the starting of Dhanteras and ends of Bhai dooj.
11 - In South India, Narakasura Vadha is the main celebration during Diwali. Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
12 - Jain community in India remembered this day to mark the attainment of moksha (nirvana) by Mahavira.
13 - Kashmiri pandits celebrated an old ritual named Sukhssuptika, which literally means to sleep with happiness.
14 - On the day of Diwali, farmers thank to deities for good harvest and pray for a prosperous harvesting season in upcoming year.
15 - Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi idols have been placed side by side. Lord Ganesha is worshipped first.
16 - Traders celebrate Diwali as the beginning of new financial year. They open the new books of account and worship Lord Ganesha.
17 - Sikhs also celebrate Diwali festival as on this day, the mogul emperor Shah Jahan released Guru Hargobind Sahibji and other 52 kings.
2018 Diwali SMS, Messages and Wishes:
Diwali is the festival of lights and diyas. On Diwali festival, people wish each other by saying “Happy Diwali”. Find the best 2018 Diwali SMS and messages collection here and use these to send happy Diwali wishes and SMS to your friends and relatives. This year Diwali 2018 will be celebrated on November 7, 2018. Below find the Diwali 2018 SMS and messages in English and Hindi language. You can send these Diwali messages through Facebook and Whatsapp also.
Diwali Date in India for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022:
Diwali is such type of festival that every age of people wait for it eagerly every year, they are either children or elder ones or young generation. Below we have listed the Diwali date for upcoming years.
Even though different fables and legends are associated with the origin of Diwali, one thing that each soul would acknowledge is the fact, that this is one of those very few Indian festivals that has the charisma to change the entire spirit of the nation and encourage people to cleanse their society and karma!