Diwali is the festival of lights, happiness, joy, and righteousness. It signifies the day when Lord Ram eliminated darkness from the world. Diwali is one of the most exciting occasions for Indians. People start decorating their homes and preparing for the occasion days before it arrives. They light up their apartment with beautiful and vibrant lamps and lightings and decorate the entire home with Rangoli and colors.
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This year, Diwali will be celebrated on October 27th, 2019 i.e. on Sunday. On 25th October, Dhanteras (a part of the Diwali celebration) will be celebrated. Basically, Deepawali is a 5-day long festival. People clean their homes thoroughly, paint their walls with fresh colors, and decorate their apartments. The festivals start with Dhanteras and end with Bhai Dooj (which will be celebrated on October 29th).
As mentioned before, the festivals start with Dhanteras that symbolizes ‘Dhan’. This year, Chotti Diwali (which is also known as Naraka Chaturdashi) will be celebrated on 26th October. This occasion symbolizes the day when Lord Krishna killed the devil soul “Narakasura” and freed 16,000 princesses from the demon.
Finally, the main Diwali will be celebrated on 27th October. Besides being a spiritual festival, this day celebrates the last day of the Hindu business communities’ financial year. That’s why a majority of businessmen participate in Lakshmi Puja and conduct this ritual in their apartment to thank Lakshmi “Goddess of Wealth” for filling their lives with prosperity, wealth, and happiness.
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Lakshmi Puja is mainly performed in the evening when people greet each other with gifts and love. After the Puja, kids burn crackers and spread happiness. Basically, the festival reminds people of the day when Lora Ram returned from Ayodhya with Sita after 14 years. Some believers say that Diwali symbolizes the day when Pandavas got back to their countries after 13 years. Besides, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi tied a knot. Diwali is celebrated with so much enthusiasm, lights, colors, and happiness in India. This is the national holiday occasion, where students and government employees get to spend some quality time with their families.