Diwali is a festival of lights and happiness. Diwali is celebrated after 20 days of Dussehra and this day marks the victory of good over evil. On Diwali, people worship Goddess Lakshmi. People clean their houses thoroughly and decorate them. They decorate every place with lamps. And so many fireworks are also boiled on Diwali.
The night of Diwali is the night of Kartik Amavasya, so on this night, everyone burns the lamp outside the house so that the light of that lamp spreads light all over the world and the darkness disappears.
When is Diwali in 2021 in India?
- In 2021, Diwali is on November 4th. (See 2021 Diwali dates in India’s calendar). It is observed a day earlier in south India, on November 13.
- In 2022, Diwali is on October 24th.
- In 2023, Diwali is on November 12th.
Everyone celebrates this festival; Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, there is no restriction of religion. Different types of sweets are made at home. All of the people in the house wear fresh clothes and offer Diwali gifts and sweets to their friends and relatives.
Why Do We Celebrate Diwali?
When King Dasaratha’s son Prabhu Shri Ram killed Ravan and rescued Mata Sita from his clutches and returned from Banavas after 14 years, the people of Ayodhya were overjoyed to see him. In the joy of his arrival, lamps were burning all over the state. That’s why Deepawali is celebrated every year on Kartik Amavasya and it is also called the festival of light.
Diwali 2021 Date, Complete Information
Deepawali is the five days festivity that begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj. During the five days festivity, various rituals are followed and with Goddess Lakshmi, several other Gods and Goddesses are worshipped.
Following is the day by day information of worshipping of five auspicious days of Deepawali:
Day 1 – Dhanteras (2nd November 2021)
There is a tradition of celebrating the Dhanteras two days before Diwali. This festival is celebrated on the Trayodashi of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. Goddess Lakshmi along with God of wealth “Lord Kubera” are worshipped on this auspicious day. It is believed that buying something on Dhanteras brings prosperity. In India, Gold is traditionally purchased along with silver, utensils, etc.
Day 2 – Chotti Diwali (3rd November 2021)
Chotti Diwali is also known as Naraka Chaturdasi. There is believed that Goddess Kali and God Krishna destroy the demon Narakasura on this day.
Day 3 – Laksmi Puja (4th November 2021)
It falls on the new moon day Amavasya. This is the main day of Deepawali. Goddess Laksmi (a Goddess of wealth) is worshipped on this day in entire India. People wake up early in the morning and clean their houses, take bath and worship their ancestors as well. As this is an Amavasya day, in some cases people also perform Shradh for their ancestors. After a full day of fasting (not necessary) people perform Laksmi Puja in the evening and break their fast. People distribute sweets and gifts this day as well.
Day 4 – Govardhan Puja (5th November 2021)
Normally Govardhan Puja falls the next day of Diwali. Sometimes it also can come after a day gap. On this day Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. Govardhan Puja is also is known as Annakut Puja. On this day people offer food made by cereals to Lord Krishna. In Maharastra, Karnataka, and Tamilnadu, the same day is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva. The day is celebrated for the victory of Lord Vamana (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) over King Bali. It is believed, on this day Asura King Bali visits Patal Lok from Prithvi. The same day also observes as a Gujarati New Year.
Day 5 – Bhaiya Dooj (6th November 2021)
Bhaiya Dooj is a day of brothers and sisters. On this day sister pray for her brother for long life and prosperous life by performing the Tika ceremony and worship him. This is similar to Raksha Bandhan‘s festival where a sister ties Rakhi to her brother and prays for his prosperity. In return, her brother promises her protection on every front. Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej, Bhatra Dwitiya, Bhai Dwitiya, and Bhathru Dwithiya.