When is Diwali festival in 2018?
Diwali Date, 7 November 2018
Diwali in 2018 will start on Tuesday, the 5th of November and will continue for 5 days until Saturday, the 9th of November.
1st Day as Dhanteras on 5th November, 2018.
2nd Day as Chhoti Diwali on 6th November, 2018.
3rd Day as Diwali festival on 7th November, 2018.
4th Day as Govardhan Puja on 8th November, 2018.
5th Day as Bhai Duj on 9th November, 2018.
This is the famous Festival in india for Hindus. Across the world celebrate Diwali in honor of the return of Lord Rama, wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and lord Hanuman to Ayodhya from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. Diwali also celebrates the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of "Agyatavas" in Mahabharata.
Diwali is the five-day festival of lights and celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
Even though the reasons of celebrations are different, here are some of the most fascinating tradition of Diwali.
Cleansing the house
Before Diwali, it is time to throw away unwanted items, clean and repaint homes and offices depending on the budget. They believe that they will get peace and prosperity in their life by thorough cleaning and celebrating this festival. The real meaning of the cleaning is the cleaning of the every corner of the heart from all the bad thoughts, selfishness and sights about others.
Diwali is synonymous with 'mithai' or sweets. Diwali is also the time for family reunions, lighted diyas, colourful rangoli, vibrant apparels, and mouth-watering sweets - all symbolic of the happy occasion. Diwali is a time of feasting. There is a wide range of sweets that are popular among both adults and children like Motichoor laddu, kaju Katli, Barfi, Rasmalai, Rasgulla, Gulab Jamun, Peda, Jalebi etc. Today scenario is slightly different. People are busy with their work, since they can’t make sweets at home.
Motichoor laddu: The most famous of all Indian sweets. Round in shape, made of besan and consisting of cardamom, pistaschio, and a touch of saffron.
Jalebi: Indian mithai. Jalebis are made of sugar and besan (gram four).
Kajukatli: A soft diamond shaped sweet made from freshly ground cashews.
Peda: This special mithai recipe preparation from Khoa flour. Agra pedas are very famous.
Barfi: All special occasions want Quadrangular shaped sweets made of whole milk and sugar, garnished with cardamom and pistachios.
Gulab Jamun: A tasty circular mithai that is known by all. On the top of everyone's list. Comes in a sugary syrup. It is the favorite of many Indians.
Ras Malai: Medallions of home-made curd cheese served in sweetened cream sauce.
Rasgulla: These round sweets hail from Bengal. They are white in color and come immersed in a tasty syrup.
THE FIVE DAYS OF DIWALI CELEBRATIONS ARE
Dhanatrayodashi or Dhanteras :The meaning of Dhanteras is (Dhana means wealth and Trayodashi means 13th day) the coming of wealth to home at the 13th day of the 2nd half of the lunar month. At this auspicious day people buy the utensils, gold and bring that home in the form of Dhana. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five day festivities of Diwali, The festival is celebrated as "Lakshmi Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.
Naraka Chaturdashi: Naraka Chaturdashi comes on the 14th day, it is the when the demon Narakasura was killed by the Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu). It is celebrate to indicate the triumph of good power over the evil power or darkness Narak Chaturdashi is celebrated as the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. This day is considered as one of the auspicious day by Hindus. After doing puja they burn up firecrackers in the significance of defeating the demon. People have their breakfasts and lunches with their family and friends.
Lakshmi Puja: It is main day of the Diwali which completes with the Lakshmi Puja (the goddess of wealth) and Ganesh puja (the God of knowledge who removes all obstacles). After puja they light clay deeyas on the streets and homes & different colorful lights and lamps in order to welcome the prosperity and well-being to their home.
Govardhan Puja: It is celebrated as the Govardhan Puja in North India. On this occasion, devotees prepare large and lavish meals that are offered to Lord Krishna. The offering is done in the form of a food mountain, which is symbolic of Govardhan Hill.
Yama Dwitiya or Bhaiduj: This is the festival of brothers and sisters in order to symbolize their love and care for each other. The most important ritual of Bhai Dooj is the Aarti & Tika Ceremony. She prays to God for his long and healthy life. In this return, sisters get a token of love from brothers. It’s a Bhai Dooj gift.
Diwali Gift Ideas
Diwali is the perfect time to give Gifts to your loved ones. There is a lot’s of ideas of gifts which you can give to your friends, employees & relatives.
Diwali Gifts for Family: Home Décor items like designer lamps & lanterns, spiritual artifacts, show pieces etc.
Diwali Gifts for Mother: You can gift Kitchen appliances to your mother like Coffee Maker, Induction Cookware, Juicers, Electric Kettles, iron & many more.
Diwali Gifts for Father: Electronic Gadgets like phone , laptop accessories etc.
Diwali Gifts for Wife: Diwali special accessories like watches, bags, perfumes and big Jhumkas & antique fashion accessories.
Diwali Gifts for Husband: You can gift him designer watches, perfumes & wallets.
Diwali Gifts for Sister: For your beloved sister, you can buy special Diwali Gifts like Lanterns, Chocolates and Personalized gifts, devotional idols, flowers, cakes etc.
Diwali Gifts for Brother: You can buy Sweets, flowers, cakes and personalized coffee mug , Wallets and yummy delights.
Diwali Gifts for Employee: You can select a Corporate Diwali Gifts for your employees like Clocks, Lanterns, Silver Coins, Bar Accessories, Gift sets etc.
Diwali Gifts for Boss: Personalized Chocolate Bouquet, Sweets and dry fruits, Good luck Plant and Exotic Flowers etc. you can gift to your Boss.
Diwali is the festival of Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyone’s home during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all. On the night of Diwali Lakshmi-Pujan is performed in the evenings. A traditional Puja is performed after sunset in every home. New Clothes, sweets and small gifts for friends & family to gift each other.
On the day of Diwali festival, doorways are hung with torans of mango leaves and marigolds. Rangoli’s are drawn with different colored powders to welcome guests. The traditional motifs are often linked with auspicious symbols of good luck. Oil diyas are arranged in and around the house. Because of these flickering lamps, the festival has acquired its name:Deepawali or Diwali meaning 'a rows of lamps'. On this day, people buy something for the house or some jewelry for the women of the house. It is auspicious to be buying something metallic, such as silver. On the day of Diwali people light up firecrackers to illuminate the sky.
The simplest way to spread some Diwali cheer is by saying "Happy Diwali":
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