Diwali 2023: The nation is getting ready to celebrate Diwali, also known as Deepawali, the festival of lights, now that the Navratri celebrations have come to a close. November 12 is the day of the celebration that is widely observed to commemorate Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya following his 14-year banishment. Additionally, it represents the triumph of light over darkness.
Diwali’s Significance and Date
The Amavasya Tithi of the Kartik month is when Diwali is typically celebrated, according to the Drik Panchang. Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five-day celebration, which concludes with Bhai Dooj. The five-day event this year takes place from November 10 to November 14. The festival of Diwali, which is widely recognised across India and many other nations, is also marked by intense celebration. Let’s examine the specifics of the five-day celebration, its dates, and shubh muhurat, as it is highly significant to Hindus and one of the biggest celebrations in India.
- Dhanteras: November 10, 2023
- Choti Diwali: November 11, 2023
- Diwali: November 12, 2023
- Govardhan Puja: November 13, 2023
- Bhai Dooj: November 14, 2023
The celebration of Dhanteras, when new metal, particularly gold and silver, is believed to be auspicious to purchase, kicks off the Diwali holiday. People buy new things to honour Lord Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi on this day. The Goddess of Wealth is the sole object of devotion on this day.
Narak Chaturdashi is the name for the second day of Diwali, sometimes referred to as Chhoti Diwali. According to Hindu legend, Lord Krishna battled and defeated the demon Narakasura on this day.
The primary day of festivity for the Diwali festival is the third day. People honour Goddess Lakshmi on this day. Wearing new clothes and rising early, devotees start their day. They utilise candles, diyas, and lights to beautify their home. Friends and family members also exchange gifts and candies.
On the fourth day, Govardhan Puja is conducted. Traditionally, it is celebrated the day after Diwali. On this day, worshippers honour Lord Krishna in the belief that he raised the renowned Govardhan Parbat with just one finger and spared the people of Mathura from Lord Indra. Additionally, they make 56 different kinds of food and drink to give as a token of appreciation.
Bhai Dooj, the fifth day of the festival, is celebrated to honour the unique bond between brothers and sisters. Siblings join together on this day to perform the tilak ceremony, exchange candies, and bestow blessings as a way of expressing their love and care for one another.