The biggest festival of the Hindu religion, Diwali is not a single festival but a set of different festivals. It is a weeklong festival that is celebrated throughout the country. The festival of lights is awaited for the whole year, and it is a gazetted holiday as well. The festival is often associated with wealth and prosperity. Like every year, Diwali this year will be celebrated with equal pomp and show.
The most prominent festival of the country, Diwali indicates the triumph of good over bad, light over darkness. Lamps are lit, people decorate their houses, and gifts are exchanged. Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped on this day.
What is Diwali 2023 Date in India?
Diwali This year will fall on November 12, 2023, on Sunday. The festival starts with auspicious Dhanteras and ends on Bhai dook. Let us take a look at the five-day festivals associated with Diwali and Diwali 2023 calendar.
Friday, 10th of November 2023 – Dwadshi/ Dhanteras
The festival of Diwali starts with this auspicious day. The first day of the long celebration is associated with shopping gold, silver, or steel utensils for your home. It is considered lucky to buy one of these metals for your home. People clean their houses and offices, decorate them with lights and beautiful showpieces.
Saturday, 11th of November 2023 – Trayodashi / Kali Chaudas
Kali chaudas is also known as Chhoti Diwali. A few diyas are lit on this day as well. A small is a pooja done at home with all the family members sitting around. Major purchases are made to distribute gifts among families and friends. Sweets, decorative pieces, lights, and crackers are bought. Homemade delicacies are prepared to serve on the day of the Diwali.
Sunday, 12th of November 2023 – Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi / Lakshmi Pooja / Diwali
Diwali is associated with lights, family, friends, gifts, crackers, and so much fun. The Diwali pooja is not only done is home but in offices as well. It is the most significant day for Hindu businessmen.
They worship Goddess Lakshmi, ink, pens, and their new account books.
The auspicious pooja of Diwali is done after sunset on the Deepavali date. Families sit together and recite prayers in unison. Pooja is done on its pre-decided muhurat, and people take blessings from their elders and holy flame after performing a pooja.
After this, the time for the celebration starts. People firecrackers, eat sweets and play music and games with their families and friends. Diwali is considered the perfect time to enjoy with the near and dear ones.
Drinking and gambling are also considered integral parts of this festival. It is deemed to be lucky to gamble on this day.
Monday, 13th of November 2023 – Amavasya / Annakut
The day next to Diwali is celebrated as Annakut and Govardhan Pooja. The day is dedicated to cow worship, and langars are distributed in the temples. Moreover, the day also celebrated a unique bond between husband and wife. In various parts of the country, husbands give gifts to their wives on this day. Parents invite their newlywed kids to their homes on this auspicious day and give them gifts along with blessings.
Tuesday, 14th of November 2023 – Dwitiya/ Bhai Dooj
The last day of the Diwali festival is celebrated as Bhai Dooj. The day represents a unique bond between brother and sister. Brothers travel to their sister’s home on this day and sisters tilak their brothers. The ritual involves applying vermillion on the brother’s head. The day is celebrated with the same spirit as Raksha bandhan.
Why is Diwali Celebrated?
There is a story attached to this festival of light. Lord Rama went into exile for 14 years to keep the promise made by his father. Meanwhile, Ravana abducted Sita and Ram had to win a war over him to get his wife back. He returned to his Dynasty Ayodhya with his wife Sita after 14 years on this Diwali festival date. The residents of the town were so happy that they lit diyas of ghee and marked the day as a festival.
It is believed that the festival brings happiness, prosperity, and wealth into people’s lives.
Houses are cleaned, painted, and renovated. Furniture is repaired, and people decorate their homes and offices. Rangolis are made, and new, colorful clothes are worn. People eat and distribute sweets among their families, friends, and neighbors.
The five-day celebration fills us with happiness and refreshes our life. It is like new energy that fills us with strength every year. Each year we make new memories and wait for next year’s celebrations.