Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great interest and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'.
Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always connected with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People send for diwali to their near and dear ones.
Diwali is an important festival for Hindus. The name of festive days as well as the rituals of Diwali varies greatly among Hindus, based on the region of India. In many parts of India, the festivities start with Dhanteras(in Northern & Western part of India), followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Deepavali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife–husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhau-beej dedicated to sister–brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.
DIWALI FESTIVAL DATES:
- 9 Nov 15 - Dhanteras
- 10 Nov 15 - Choti Diwali
- 11 Nov 15 -Diwali
- 13 Nov 15 - Bhai Dooj