Diwali is also known as Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or Festival of Light. It is celebrated all over the nation with great fanfare and enthusiasm. Known as the “Festival of Light,” it is a five-day celebration where friends and families get together, light “Diyas” or ground lamps in their homes, feast on sweet treats, exchange gifts, play games, and burn crackers. The festival is celebrated on ‘Amavasya’ or moonless night and according to the Hindu calendar heralds the New Year’s dawn. It is called the festival of light because it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope for despair.
When is Diwali in 2020, 2021, and 2022?
Diwali falls each year in the month of October or November, depending on the lunar cycle. It is observed on the 15th day of Kartika, in the Hindu lunar calendar.
- In 2020, Diwali is on November 14.
- In 2021, Diwali is on November 4th.
- In 2022, Diwali is on October 24th.
Diwali in other religions
Diwali is one of those Indian festivals that unite different religions, regions, and cultures. The festival acquires meaning in Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism along with Hinduism. Hindus celebrate Diwali as Lord Rama’s homeland to his hometown of Ajodhija after defeating King Ravana of Rakshasa, Lanka, after spending 14 years in exile in the woods. Jane celebrates the feast as the day when Mahavira, their last Tirthankara on earth, reached Nirvana, or enlightenment. Buddhists celebrate it as the day when Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism. Sikhs celebrate the holiday to remember the homeland of their Guru Har Gobind Ji from Emperor Jahangira’s prison along with many Hindu gurus.
How is Diwali celebrated in India?
Home Decorations: Its celebrations begin with home decorating. People often clean their homes to make them more aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable. Decorations include lights, DIYAS, and flowers. They symbolize ease and success because they illuminate the whole atmosphere and elevate your mood. Most of this celebration is the creation of Rangoli, which is paintings made with paint at the entrance and courtyards to welcome the goddess Laxmi.
Fireworks: Explosion crackers it has been one of the main rituals of this festival ever! From simple Phooljhadi to patataka, diligent, you will find a series of crackers that illuminate the sky. However, it is important to know the environment, so make sure not to break too much!
Shopping and buy Gifts: People go shopping with their relatives and friends. Sending Gifts to each other is a huge important tradition in India, especially on Diwali. Families exchange gifts to wish each other in Dewali.
Holidays: Holidays are always an essential part of festivals. That being said, it is definitely the main ritual of Diwali. Families often share sweets such as laddus, barfis, jalebis, Kaju-kathli, Gujia, kheer, and halwas. Along with it, savory snacks, cauliflower pakora or fritters, paneer makhani, samosa, puri, and idli are served.
Is Dewali / Deepavali a public holiday?
Diwali is a public holiday in India. Government offices and many local businesses, including local offices, markets, and shops are closed in Hindu majority areas during this festival. It is not a national holiday in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, but some cities host extensive Diwali festivals.