Diwali or Deepawali “the festival of lights” is around the corner and every one is ready to celebrate the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festival in the best way they can.
Diwali is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras (thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin). The second day is Kali Chaudas (fourteenth day). The third day is Diwali (the fifteenth lunar day or the Amavasya Day). The fourth day is Govardhan Puja or Bali Pratipada or Gujarati New Year (first day lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik) and at the end Bhaibeej, (the second day).
On this day, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile and defeating Ravana (demon king). To celebrate this return of lord Ram, the people of Ayodhya, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and by bursting firecrackers.
Diwali is the re-incarnation or birth anniversary of the Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Lakshmi Poojan is performed i.e. worshiping of Lord Ganesha, the foremost of all Hindu Gods and Goddess Lakshmi on the Diwali day to seek blessings from Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
To celebrate this day, people decorate their homes with lights and candles and burst Fireworks. It is also the time to exchange gifts and sweets with friends, relatives and neighbors.
In 2017 Diwali will be celebrated from 17 to 21 October 2017.