When is Diwali in 2021 or the date? Diwali is on Saturday 4th, November 2021, Diwali is the most awaited festival in India which Indians celebrate with utmost enthusiasm by lighting up Diyas, bursting crackers, exchanging gifts, and indulging in lavish feasts.
It is a cultural family time when everyone spends time with their loved ones. There are several mythological stories associated with the celebration of Diwali.
One of the most famous stories is the returning of Lord Ram with his wife Sita and brother Laxman to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, after defeating the Ravana.
This festival depicts the victory of good over evil. There is one more story of the birth of Goddess Laxmi on the day of Diwali.
The day is celebrated as the wedding day of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. People from eastern India celebrate the festival to mark the victory of Kali over demons. In southern India, people celebrate it as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura.
Diwali is a 5-day festival that starts with Dhanteras. On the day of Dhanteras, people buy gold or silver ornaments to welcome the prosperity of their home. The day is followed by ‘Choti Diwali’. On this day, people exchange gifts and sweets.
On the day of Diwali, people light up their houses with lamps and earthen Diyas. They worship Goddess Laxmi and bestow her with varied offerings.
The day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan Pooja. On this day, Lord Krishna lifted Mount Govardhan to protect the people of the village against Lord Indira’s wrath. The next day to Govardhan Pooja is celebrated as ‘Bhai Dooj’.
Diwali Dates for 2021
Diwali 2021 Saturday, November 14, 2021
Diwali 2021 Monday, November 04, 2021
Diwali 2022 Sunday, October 24, 2022
How do we celebrate Diwali in India?
Diwali is the most significant Hindu festival which is not just celebrated in India but all over Asia with a Hindu dominant area. Depending on the region the celebration varies in India. Lighting lamps outside the house, making rangolis at the doorways, and decorating homes are some of the common rituals across the country for the Diwali celebration.
In north India, the preparation of the Diwali celebration starts one month ago. People clean their houses and start shopping for Diwali. Few days before Diwali, people start exchanging gifts and sweets. On the day of Diwali, people decorate their houses and illuminate with lamps. Kids burst crackers after Diwali puja at night.
There is a ritual of gambling and playing cards on the night of Diwali.
Why is Diwali celebrated in India?
Diwali is considered the victory of good over evil and holds significance in Indian culture. It is the time when people indulge in festive spirits and spend time with their loved ones.
Diwali is about illuminating the heart with joy and togetherness. The celebration of Diwali is mar as moving from darkness towards the light of hope and good.
Diwali is also referred to as the last day of the Hindu Calendar and marks the auspicious beginning of the Hindu New year.