Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most prominent and famous Hindu festivals of India, celebrated with great gusto and fervor. In Sanskrit, word ‘Deepavali’ means “rows of lights” so this festival is also known as “Festival of Lights”. Diwali is a five days long festival, celebrated in all over India with great zeal. This year Diwali celebration will start from October 28, 2016 to November 1, 2016.
Five Days of Diwali in India:
In this celebration, Dhanteras and Bhai dooj are also important days.
October 28 – Dhanteras
October 29 – Naraka Chaturdasi
October 30 – Diwali
October 31 – Kartika Shudda Padyami
November 1 – Bhai Dooj
Diwali festival starts with Dhanteras, followed by small Diwali and then main Diwali. People of all religion enjoy this festival by making vibrant rangolis, lighting lamps ‘diyas’, distributing sweets, exchanging gifts between friends and relatives and burning crackers.
This festival of lights transcends religion and is unanimously celebrated by Indians worldwide. According to Hindu reckoning, the date of Diwali falls on 15th day of the dark fortnight in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik or the month of October/November in English calendar. This Diwali day falls on the amavasya or the no moon day. Diwali date comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra or Vijaya Dashmi.
What Do People Do?
For Diwali festival, people do shopping of cloths and gold ornaments, which they wear before goddess Laxmi pujan. Flowers, sweets, food, amongst others are some of the ways in which people try to start a fresh and welcome a new year of bliss. On the night of Deepavali, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi puja has been performed everywhere in India to invoke their blessings for one’s well-being and growth. People get the blessing of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi in the form of health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
Diwali 2016 form London
Thousands of people to Trafalgar Square to join in with.
London’s Diwali celebrations. Londoners celebrated the 15th year of Diwali at Trafalgar Square today.
Diwali 2016 in London attracted a huge crowd, with dancers, singing and live entertainment throughout the day.
Diwali 2016 in Canada
Diwali is not a nationwide public holiday in Canada but it is a large festival celebrated in many towns and cities. There may be traffic congestion and parking places may be full in areas where events are held to celebrate Diwali. Some Indian businesses may close early on Diwali.
Lamps, fireworks and bonfires illuminate this holiday, as the word “Deepawali” means “a row or cluster of lights” or “rows of diyas (clay lamps)”. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth, happiness and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali.
Diwali 2016 in Leicester
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India.
Visitors can also check out a Diwali Village on Cossington Street.
The legendary Diwali lights switch-on will begin at 5.30pm and finish at 9pm on Belgrave Road. The event will feature a 100 foot Ferris wheel and a fireworks display.
The multitudes gathered in Melton Road from early in the evening to listen to music, watch dancing and see the spectacular switch-on and fireworks display.
Diwali 2016 special for buying
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