Diwali is one of the oldest Hindu festivals observed in the Kartika month of Hindu calendar at no moon i.e. on Amavasya ( in between second half of October to first half of November). The main reason behind the celebration of Diwali is to enlighten each and every corners and to remove all the evil darkness from the world.
Being the oldest and most popular festival, Diwali got so much importance than any other festival of Hinduism. Being such an important festival, Diwali has some mythological values and there is official holiday on Diwali in many countries like India, Fiji, Pakistan, Guyana, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and many other countries.
Diwali is well known by many other names like Deepavali, Deepotsava etc. in different regions of India and in other countries and also known by Festival of Lights in some countries. There are lots of stories behind the origin of Diwali, as the great celebration and the festival of lights is narrated many times in many Hindu texts scriptures and Ancient Puranas. But in all the stories great festival of lights was referred as a symbol for victory of Light over Dark, Wisdom over Ignorance, Truth over Miscreant, Good over bad, Prospect over Discouragement, victory of Morality over Sin.
Not even Hindu but Jain, Sikhs, Buddhist people also celebrate Diwali not only for Ramayana but for many other reasons. No matter what people are poor or rich, we all celebrate it with full enthusiasm or pleasure.
Diwali is not a single day celebration, the are lots of other festival around Diwali, the festival season starts with the Navratra 9 day Festival. Diwali is actually around a five day celebration, it may varies region-wise. People share their happiness, joy with their loved ones in Diwali festival season and relish the joy of Traditions, Enlightenment, Rituals, togetherness and delicious sweets, exciting gifts uncountable decors, numerous emotions and lots of candles and earthen lamps to decorate not only their surrounding but into their hearts too. All the festivals falling in the month of October and November bring bundles of Joy and happiness to everyone regardless of any reason, religion or region.
When is Diwali 2017
Diwali is celebrated on the Amavasya of the Kartika Month every year and this year Amavasya of Kartika month will be on 30th October, so the date for Diwali 2016 is fixed on October 30, 2016.
You can easily calculate when is Diwali
in any year just be calculating the Amavasya daye of Kartika month which usually lays between the month of October and November , you might ask for help from your parents or Grandparents who have some knowledge of Indian Hindu Calendar.
Why we Celebrate Diwali
People belonging to different regions have different stories for why we celebrate Diwali . There is various different festival celebrated in different regions on the same day of Diwali and the reason behind why they celebrate Diwali.
Diwali Celebration for Hindu People :
We all know the popular story of Shri Ram Chandra narrated in Hindu Scripture Ramayana
. When Shri Ram, his younger cousin Lakshmana and His wife Sita Ma returned by completing their exile period of fourteen years and People at Ayodhaya celebrated their homecoming and enlightened their homes and society with the oiled earthen lamps. Read more about Ramayana for Diwali origin.
Another story is narrated in Ancient text Mahabharata
, where people of Hastinapur celebrated homecoming of Pandavs from the Agyaatvaas of 12 years. Read more about Diwali origin
There are few other Stories related to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu about origin of Diwali is narrated into Bhagwad Geeta Puran
. The five day Diwali festival for Hindu people start from the birthday of Goddess Laxmi.
Diwali Celebration for Sikh people :
On the day of Diwali, Sikh people also celebrate Bandhi Chorrh Divas
in the memories of Guru Hargobind Singh Ji after they got freed from the guardhouse of Muslim emperor Jahanghir. On this festive day the foundation for popular Golden Temple at Amritsar
was also set.
Diwali is major festival in Sikhs, as on Diwali Sikh people receive blessings from all their masters and Gurus.
Diwali Celebration for Jain people :
The the holy day of Diwali, Bhagwaan Mahavira
, the founder of modern Jainism attained Nirvana. Therefore Jain people celebrate on Diwali and observes it as remembrance of Mahavira. On that Day, at the morning time after praying to Bhagwaan Mahavira, Nirvana Prasaad is offered at every Jain temple.
Diwali Celebration for Buddhist people :
Few Buddhist communities like Newar at Nepal
celebrates Diwali with commemorating turning of Samraat Ashoka to Buddhist after the Kalingha War.
** Happy Diwali 2017 **