Celebrate Diwali in Style: Dates Announced for This Year’s Festival of Lights

Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most anticipated and celebrated festivals in India and around the world. This year, the dates for Diwali have been announced, and it’s time to start planning to celebrate in style.

Diwali falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, which usually falls between October and November. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 4th. The festival lasts for five days, with each day marked by various traditions and rituals.

The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, which is dedicated to wealth and prosperity. People clean their houses and decorate them with colorful rangoli designs and diyas (earthen lamps). It is believed that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, visits homes that are clean and well-lit. People also buy gold and silver items as it is considered auspicious and brings good luck.

The second day is called Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdashi. It is believed that on this day, Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura, freeing the world from his tyranny. People wake up early, take an oil bath, and wear new clothes. They also light firecrackers and exchange sweets and gifts with their loved ones.

The third day is the main day of Diwali. People wake up early, take a bath, and wear new clothes. They decorate their houses with lights, candles, and diyas. In the evening, families gather for prayers and puja (ritual worship) to seek blessings from Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. After the prayers, people burst firecrackers, enjoy a delicious feast, and exchange gifts with friends and family.

The fourth day is known as Govardhan Puja. It is believed that on this day, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan Mountain to protect the villagers from heavy rains. People create small replicas of the mountain using cow dung and worship it. They also prepare various vegetarian dishes and offer them as prasad (religious offering) to Lord Krishna.

The fifth and final day of Diwali is called Bhai Dooj. It celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. Sisters apply a tilak (vermilion mark) on their brothers’ foreheads, perform aarti (a ritual of waving a lamp in front of the deity), and pray for their well-being. In return, brothers give gifts to their sisters and promise to protect them.

To celebrate Diwali in style, there are several things you can do. Start by cleaning your house and decorating it with lights, candles, and colorful rangoli designs. Dress up in traditional attire and adorn yourself with beautiful jewelry. Prepare traditional sweets and snacks to share with your loved ones. Light diyas and firecrackers to add sparkle and joy to the festivities.

You can also participate in community events and gatherings. Many cities organize Diwali melas (fairs) where you can enjoy cultural performances, music, dance, and indulge in delicious street food. These events provide an opportunity to meet new people, make friends, and experience the true essence of Diwali.

Remember to be mindful of the environment and celebrate responsibly. Opt for eco-friendly firecrackers and limit their use to reduce noise and air pollution. Also, ensure the safety of yourself and others while handling fireworks.

Diwali is a time of joy, togetherness, and new beginnings. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. So, mark your calendars for November 4th and get ready to celebrate Diwali in style. May this festival of lights illuminate your life with happiness, prosperity, and love. Happy Diwali!