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Diwali 2018


Updated: Apr 14, 2018 08:58 AM About | Dates | Dhanteras | Govardhan Puja | Bhai Duj


Upcoming Event: Dhanteras: 5 November 2018
दिवाली (Diwali, English Meaning: Festival of Lights) also known as दीपावली (Deepawali) is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. Honour to return Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama, his wife Mata Sita and his brother Shri Lakshmana from exile of 14 years after victory over the demon king Ravana (The King of Lanka).

दिवाली (Diwali, English Meaning: Festival of Lights) also known as दीपावली (Deepawali) is the biggest and the brightest festival in India. Honour to return Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama, his wife Mata Sita and his brother Shri Lakshmana from exile of 14 years after victory over the demon king Ravana (The King of Lanka).

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night.

Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kuber, Lord Yamraj, God Dhanvantari, God Hanuman, Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Krishna and Demon King Bali are the most prominent names worshipped during Diwali.


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Related Name
Dhanteras, धनतेरस, Dhana Trayodashi, Dhantrayodashi, धनत्रयोदशी , Dhanatrayodashi, Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Deepawali, Deepavali, Narak Chaturdasi, Roop Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas, Kali Chaudas, Bandi Chhor Divas, गोवर्धन पूजा, अन्नकुट पूजा, Annakut Pooja, भाई दूज, भैया दूजी, भाई टीका, Bhai Dooj, Bhaiya Dooji, Bhai Tika

धनतेरस (Dhanteras)

5 November 2018
Also called Dhantrayodashi, this day marks the birthday of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, and the birthday of Dhanvantari, the God of Health and Healing.

Dhanteras is also a major shopping day, particularly for gold or silver articles. Merchants, traders and retailers stock up, put articles on sale, and prepare for this day. Lakshmi Puja is performed in the evening. Some people decorate their shops, work place or items symbolizing their source of sustenance and prosperity.

Hindi Version:
धनतेरस को धनत्रयोदशी भी कहा जाता है, इस दिन धन और समृद्धि की देवी माँ लक्ष्मी एवं स्वास्थ्य और चिकित्सा के देवता धनवंतरी का जन्मदिन मनाया जाता है।

धनतेरस मुख्यतया खरीदारी के दिन के रूप मे मानते हैं, विशेष रूप से सोने और चांदी के लिए है। व्यापारी और खुदरा विक्रेताओं को शेयर बिक्रेता इस दिन के लिए तैयारी करते हैं। कुछ लोग अपनी जीविका, समृद्धि के अपने स्रोत, अपनी दुकानों और काम के स्थान को सजाकर शाम का लक्ष्मी पूजन करते हैं।

बड़ी दीवाली (Badi Diwali)

6 November 2018
Badi Diwali is also known as Narak Chaturdasi, Roop Chaturdashi, Roop Chaudas and Kali Chaudas. Typically, house decoration and colourful floor patterns called rangoli are made on or before Narak Chaturdasi. In North India people celebrate this day as Badi Diwali, they light one Gee diya out side the house.

Abhyang Snan on Narak Chaturdashi might be one day before or on same day of Lakshmi Puja day on English Calendar. When Chaturdashi Tithi prevails before sunrise and Amavasya Tithi prevails after sunset then Narak Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Puja fall on the same day.

Hindi Version:
बड़ी दीवाली नरक चतुर्दशी, रूप चतुर्दशी, रूप चौदस और काली चौदस के रूप में भी जानी जाती है। आमतौर पर नरक चतुर्दशी से पहले, घर की सजावट और रंगीन रंगोली बनाकर मानते हैं। उत्तर भारत में लोग घी का दीपक घर के बाहर जलाकर, इस दिन को बड़ी दीवाली के रूप मे मानते हैं।

छोटी दीवाली (Choti Diwali)

7 November 2018
This day Maryada Purushottam Shri Rama, his wife Mata Sita and his brother Shri Lakshmana return from 14 years of vanvas (exile of 14 years) after victory over the demon king Ravana. People wear new clothes or their best outfits as the evening and visit relatives & friends, exchanging gifts and sweets. Then diyas are lit, pujas are offered to Lakshmi, and to one or more additional deities depending on the region of India, typically Ganesha, Saraswati, and Kubera.

Lakshmi is believed to roam the earth on Diwali night. On the evening of Diwali, people open their doors and windows to welcome Lakshmi, and place diya lights on their windowsills and balcony ledges to invite her.

Diwali also marks the beginning of new year, in some parts of India. Merchants and shopkeepers close out their old year, and start a new fiscal year with blessings from Lakshmi and other deities.

Sikh celebrates Diwali as Bandi Chhor Divas and Jain celebrates it as a day to commemorate Mahavir.

Hindi Version:
इस दिन मर्यादा पुरुषोत्तम श्री राम, उनकी पत्नी माता सीता और उसके भाई श्री लक्ष्मण के द्वारा राक्षस राजा रावण पर विजय के बाद 14 साल वनवास (14 साल के निर्वासन) से वापसी की खुशी मे मानते हैं। लोग नए या अपने सबसे अच्छे कपड़े पहिन कर शाम को सभी लोगों से आदर-भाव से भेंट करते हैं। दीये जलाते हैं, माँ लक्ष्मी की पूजा करते हैं, एक या अधिक अपने ईस्ट देवताओं का आव्हान करते हैं, आम तौर पर गणेश, सरस्वती, और कुबेर की भोग - पूजा करते हैं।

एसा माना जाता है, कि माँ लक्ष्मी दीवाली की रात को पृथ्वी पर घूमने के लिए आतीं है। इसलिए लोग दीवाली की रात को, अपने दरवाजे और खिड़कियां माँ लक्ष्मी के स्वागत के लिए खुला छोड़ देते हैं।

भारत के कुछ हिस्से मे दीवाली नए वित्तीय वर्ष की शुरुआत के रूप मे भी मनाया जाता है। व्यापारी और दुकानदार अपने पुराने साल के खातों को बंद करते हैं, एवं लक्ष्मी जी और अन्य देवताओं के आशीर्वाद के साथ एक नया वित्त वर्ष की शुरुआत करते हैं।

सिख धर्म मे लोग दिवाली को बंदी छोर दिवस के रूप में भी मनाया करते हैं, और जैन इस त्योहार को भगवान महावीर जी की स्मृति के रूप में मानते हैं।

गोवर्धन पूजा (Govardhan Puja)

8 November 2018
Govardhan Puja celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna defeated king of heaven Indra. Gowardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. On this day food made of cereals like wheat, rice, curry made of gram flour and leafy vegetables is cooked and offered to Lord Krishna.

Hindi Version:
जब भगवान श्री कृष्ण ने स्वर्ग के राजा इंद्र को उनके घमंड चूर करने के लिए गोवर्धन पर्वत उठा कर पराजित किया, तब से गोवर्धन पूजा मनाई जाती है। गोवर्धन पूजा अन्नकुट पूजा के रूप में भी मनाया जाता है। इस दिन गेहूं, चावल जैसे अनाज से बना भोजन, बेसन से बनी करी और पत्तेदार सब्जियों को पकाया जाता है, एवं भगवान कृष्ण को भोग स्वरूप खिलाया जाता है।

भाई दूज (Bhai Duj)

9 November 2018
The last day of festival is called Bhai dooj, Bhaiya Dooji or Bhai Tika. It celebrates the sister-brother loving relationship similar to Raksha Bandhan but with different rituals. The day ritually emphasizes the love and lifelong bond between siblings.

Hindi Version:
त्योहार का अंतिम दिन भाई दूज, भैया दूजी या भाई टीका के रूप मे मनाया जाता है। यह बहन-भाई के प्यारे रिश्ते से जुड़े रक्षाबंधन की तरह, लेकिन कुछ विभिन्न अनुष्ठानों के साथ मनाया जाता है। यह धार्मिक दिन भाई - बहन के प्रेम की घनिष्ठता को जीवंत करता है।

बंदी छोर दिवस (ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ, Bandi Chhor Divas)

Bandi Chhor (Shodh, Chhor) Divas ("Day of Liberation") (ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ) is a Sikh festival which coincides with the day of Diwali. Bandi Chhor Divas celebrates the release from prison in Gwalior of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him.

The word "Bandi" is translated from Punjabi into English as "Imprisoned" (or "Prisoner"), "Chhor" (shodh) translates as "Release," and "Divas" means "Day", rendering "Bandi Chhor Divas" as "Prisoners' Release Day".

Guru Amar Das chose Diwali, later referenced as Bandi Chhor Divas, as one of the three festivals to be celebrated by Sikhs, the others being Maghi and Baisakhi (Vaisakhi).

Other Names of Diwali

Assamese: দীপাৱলী, Dipaboli / Dipali, Bengali: দীপাবলি/দীপালি, Gujarati: દિવાળી, Kannada: ದೀಪಾವಳಿ, Konkani: दिवाळी, Malayalam: ദീപാവലി, Marathi: दिवाळी, Odia: ଦିପାବଳୀ, Punjabi: ਦੀਵਾਲੀ, Sindhi: दियारी‎, Tamil: தீபாவளி, Telugu: దీపావళి, Nepali: स्वन्ति / Swanti or तिहार / Tihar

Diwali Preparations

  • Clean the house and business premises usually by giving new whitewash or fresh paints. Make the entrance way to your home or business colourful using the traditional motifs of Rangoli designs
  • Buying new clothes, jewelry and new household items either big or small
  • Go vegetarian, prepare traditional home-made sweets
  • Worship numerous deities
  • Lighting Diyas with Gee and vegetable oil, decorating home with blinking electric lamps
  • Trying Diwali remedies to gain wealth
  • Care for your sibling, visiting relatives and family friends, distributing sweets, dry-fruits and gifts
  • Calling distant family members, relatives and friends to exchange Diwali wishes are the most common activities during Diwali

Information

Next Dates(Year Around)
Dhanteras: 5 November 2018Badi Diwali: 6 November 2018Choti Diwali: 7 November 2018Govardhan Puja: 8 November 2018Bhai Duj: 9 November 2018
Futures Dates
25 October 2019 - 29 October 201913 November 2020 - 16 November 20202 November 2021 - 6 November 202122 October 2022 - 26 October 2022
Frequency
Yearly
Duration
5 Days
Begins (Tithi)
Kartik Krishna Trayodashi
Ends (Tithi)
Kartik Shukla Dwitiya
Months
October / November
Reason
Shri Rama with his wife and his brother return after 14 years of exile.
Celebrations
Laxmi Puja, Hanuman Puja, Maa Kali Puja, Govardhan Puja, Sweets exchanges, Liting deepak, Shopping, Clean renovate decorate homes & Shop
Imp Places
Home, Shops, Temples, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago,
Past Dates
17 October 2017 - 21 October 2017, 28 October 2016 - 1 November 2016, 8 November 2015 - 12 November 2015

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