Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most prominent and famous Hindu festivals of India, celebrated with great gusto and fervour. 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 2016 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.
Diwali 2016 Date - October 30, 2016 (Sunday)
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.
How to Celebrate Diwali?
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 jewellery for their family. Bhai dooj is celebrated after the Diwali.