DIWALI 2018: DIWALI FESTIVAL DATE AND DIWALI POOJA
Diwali festival in 2018 is on 6th of November, on Tuesday. The festival celebrations long for five days. Diwali or Deepavali is a festival of lights, celebrated on the 15th dark fortnight of Hindu month Karthik. Instead of dark fortnight, Diwali lights make to seem like full moon day. People light up Diwali lamps in their houses, the Diwali fireworks are of colorful varieties gives great fun in bursting them. Diwali celebrations will long for five days, they begin with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. Diwali Pooja i.e. Lakshmi Pooja is having a great significance on Diwali festival.
People clean their houses as the festival approaches near, decorate their houses with Diyas. Deepavali relates to the row of Diyas. Diwali rangoli will be drawn in the house entrances to welcome Goddess Lakshmi on the day of Lakshmi Pooja. The Diwali decorations are nothing without Diyas and Rangoli.
Why we celebrate Diwali?
There are many mythological stories and reason for the celebrating Diwali festival. All the Diwali stories are very interesting. People of different regions in India believe in different tales. One of the Diwali stories is home returning of Rama from exile of fourteen years, after his victory over Ravana. Lord Rama went to live in the forest along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. In forests, Sita was abducted by Ravana. To rescue Sita, Rama fought with Ravana and won the Battle.
Another interesting Diwali story is of Lord Krishna’s victory over the demon Narakasur. Narakasur was a powerful demon king, he used to torture people and Gods. He imprisoned 1,600 women in his palace. Lord Krishna attacked Narakasur and killed him with help of his wife Sathyabhama.
Goddess Kali was born to save the heaven and earth from the evils. After killing the demons, she lost her control and started killing all that came in her way. To stop her, Lord Shiva all by himself went under her feet of Kali.
Diwali celebrations are having many reasons behind it. Almost every region of India is having its own significance to celebrate the Diwali festival. However, all of these reasons matter to the festival itself.
Five Days of Diwali Celebrations:
Dhanteras is the first day of Deepavali. It is auspicious to buy gold or silver or utensils on Dhanteras.
The second day of Diwali is Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi, Hindus celebrate it in the memory of Narakasurs death by Lord Krishna. People take oil bath before sunrise, lit up few Diwali lanterns and few burst fireworks.
The third day is the actual Diwali, People perform Lakshmi Pooja in the evening. Before Diwali Pooja, they clean their places, draw Diwali Rangoli and lit up diyas. Lakshmi Pooja is performed in order to get the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To play Diwali games such as Playing cards, dice on the Diwali night is auspicious.
On the Fourth Day of Diwali, Hindus perform Govardhana Pooja. They worship Mountain Govardhan, people in rural areas worship cattle.
Bhai Dooj is the fifth day and the final day of Diwali celebrations. It is dedicated to the brother and sisters bonding. Sisters invite their brothers and pray to Gods for their brother’s health and prosperity.
People prepare traditional of Diwali dishes. Preparing, distributing and enjoying delicious Diwali foods among family, neighbors, friends and relatives is one of the cultures. Exchanging Diwali gifts, getting blessings from elders and visiting friends and relatives as part of Diwali celebrations.? Diwali fireworks are a great attraction of the festival.