Deepavali Essay and Wiki details – Get Diwali Celebration date in India

Diwali 2016 countdown is now no farther. Deepavali is a Hindu festival and is known as the festival of lights. It is celebrated by Hindu people around the globe, but many non-Hindu people also celebrate Deepavali. The festival is celebrated in autumn or spring.

Diwali 2016

शुभ दीपावली

शुभ दीपावली

Diwali has been derived from Sanskrit word dīpāvali which means “series of lights”. The word dīp means light and āvali means series. The festival is also recognised as dīpotsava which means festival of lights. India is a country with many languages, and all languages have similar names but yet slightly different from Diwali.

Diwali Date 2016

Diwali 2016 is going to be celebrated on October 30, 2016.


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As many festivals, Deepavali is also a festival that marks the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Deepavali is celebrated by putting lights on houses in form of Diya’s (a traditional lamp used to lit house). Most parts of the house are lit and is truly a sight to watch.

Most temples are decorated and look spectacular with various lightning ways. It is commonly celebrated for five days but the prime day being the night of Diwali. This night comes on the darkest new moon night based on the Hindu calendar Bikram Sambat month Kartika (lunisolar month). In accordance with this Diwali mostly falls in October or November of the Gregorian calendar.

Happy Diwali Celebration

The common tradition involves people cleaning their houses and offices and renovating before Deepavali. During Diwali, all wear new clothes or the best clothing they have. Houses are lit from inside and outside. Most go to temples to get blessings from Hindu gods and thank them for the good past year and pray for the coming year.

Family members get together to participate in Lakshmi puja. It is also known for fireworks. In olden times fireworks were done only on Diwali or the night before but these days fireworks are what mainly interests the majority of the population, so people start using fireworks before a week or ten days.

The common Diwali tradition is to have a meal with all family members. Most Hindu families get together with family members and share sweets. Most visit each others house especially to house that has elders, to take their blessings. Most houses have varieties of sweets to be served to all guest coming to wish them. Deepavali known to be a new year for many Hindus is also the highest shopping period in a year where people buy new things from clothes to cars.

Countries where Diwali is an Official Holiday

  • India
  • Guyana
  • Fiji
  • Pakistan
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago

History of Diwali

Diwali Diya Image

Diwali Diya Image

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Diwali is an ancient festival dated back to 1st millennium AD. In those time the light or diya was a representation of the sun. Sun is believed to be the energy giver to all life. It is also a light giver which can not be denied by any.

Some Hindus relate Deepavali to Nachiketa story of right versus wrong. The story spreads light over ideas like knowledge over ignorance. The story is about Yama and Nachiketa which took place on Diwali night.

Based on 7th century Sanskrit play, Deepavali is a festival where lamps were lit, and gifts were presented to new married couples. According to the 9th-century text from Kavyamimamsa, streets and homes were lit, and houses were cleaned completely. It also mentions of decorating houses in a different manner than usual.

The festival is also one of the happiest times of the year in India. Buying gifts are one thing that makes the festival the most exciting one. As you also get a lot of gifts from elders and cousins. Most people buy gold on Diwali based on their capacity. Elders of the family tell children stories of why Diwali is celebrated and an importance of it. They also tell stories of gods and fights between good and evil, and God and demons. Female members of the family draw Rangoli’s and colour it to make it look amazing outside of the house. Rangoli is drawn to welcome gods who bring happiness and prosperity to the family. It also is a good welcome for guest who comes to wish.

Five Day of Diwali Celebration in India

Day Festival Date
1 Dhanteras 2016 28th October 2016
2 Kali Chaudas 2016 29th October 2016
3 Deepavali 2016 30th October 2016
4 Padwa 2016 31st October 2016
6 Bhaiduj 2016 1st November 2016

Diwali 2016 is also a paramount day for Jains, and they believe the day as when Lord Mahavira attained moksha. Sikhs celebrate the day as their Guru Hargobind freed from the prison of the Mughal Empire.

Most parts of India celebrate Deepavali 2016 for a five-day period. You can find each day on our website.

Diwali Celebration by Religion

Hinduism Deepavali

Diwali is celebrated in many across India based on the region they belong to and rituals they follow. Hindus celebrate Diwali to honour Lord Rama, wife Sita and Brother Laxman’s return from exile after 14 years. Lord  Rama defeated Ravana and returned to his home on this day welcomed by millions of Diya’s lit in the city. People lit day to show the victory of good over evil.

Diwali is also celebrated by some as the day when Pandavas returned after 12 years of Vanvas. Diwali is also celebrated to worship goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu. The first day begins when Goddess Lakshmi was born from stirring cosmic ocean of milk by the gods. Goddess Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her husband on the night of Diwali after which they got married.

Other to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati is also worshipped during these five-day festivals. Most put offerings to Lord Ganesha, who is known to clear all obstacles for all living things. Goddess Saraswati is also worshipped as she symbolizes literature and learning.

Some Hindus believe that Lord Vishnu returned to Goddess Lakshmi on this day. Therefore people pray to Goddess Lakshmi for a good year ahead.

In some parts of India notably the eastern states of Bengal and Odisha worship Goddess Kali and organise big puja’s. In some parts Lord Krishna is worshiped marking Govardhan Mountain and offering 108 types of dishes to Lord Krishna. Diwali is also known to be the start of a Hindu new year in some parts of the country.

Sikhism Diwali

Sikhs celebrate Diwali as freeing the prisoners known as Bandi Chhor Divas where Guru Har Gobind freed from the prison of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. Guru Har Gobind Singh then went to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, and since then every year the Golden Temple is fully lit on Diwali.

Jainism Diwali

It is one of the most important days for the Jains as the last Tirthankar of the era; Lord Mahavira attained moksha. Lor Mahavaria gained Nirvana at Pavapuri on 15th October 527 BCE, on  Kartik Krishna Amavasya. All Jains pray to Lord Mahavira on Diwali at Jain temples around the world. The day also marks when Gautam Gandhar Swami the principal follower of Lord Mahavira, gained omniscience on the same day.

Buddhism Diwali

Buddhist people called the Newar in Nepal celebrate the day by worshipping the goddess, Lakshmi. The newer people celebrate the festival same was as the Hindu people over five days. The Myanmar Buddhist celebrate a similar festival called the Thadingyut festival and Tazaungdaing festival. The festival are celebrated as it is know as the return day of Lord Buddha from Tavatimsa heaven. Homes and temples are decorated with lights and people pray at pagodas.

Diwali is celebrated in many ways having variations based on regions of the country. Most pray to Goddess Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Diwali is celebrate by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. All celebrate for different reasons but the primary being good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali is not only a festival to celebrate by outer lights but also inner lights within each of us. It is a day to remind us to take the right path in life and assess our lives. The festival’s main idea is that good will always triumph no matter how powerful the evil is.