Diwali 2018

Every year, India is decked like a beautiful bride on Diwali to commemorate the return of their dear Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxman. Not only does the Indian peninsula, but the entire globe knowing the significance of Deepavali rejoices to celebrate this festival of lights wherever they might be. Colourful rangoli, beautiful diyas, splendid fireworks, and sparkle of phuljharis, decorated houses and mouthwatering mithais and days full of shopping, that’s how the festival of Deepavali is celebrated in India.

After killing the demon Ravana in the war, Lord Rama returned to his kingdom with wife Sita on this auspicious day so the people of Ayodhya illuminated diyas and lamps at their home to welcome Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman. From that time, it is celebrated every year in every part of India.

Diwali 2018 Date in India:

Diwali is celebrated on the day of Amavasya in the month of “Kartik” according to Hindu calendar. Generally, Diwali festival falls during the month of October or November every year. It is a gazetted public holiday in India.

Diwali 2018 Date - November 7, 2018 (Wednesday)

Deepavali is the victory of Good over evil and Light over darkness. Deepavali is the “Festivals of Lights”. The meaning of festival Deepavali is, Deep = Lamp (Diyas) and Vali = Array i.e. Array of Lamps.

Diwali Celebration in India:

Diwali is a huge festival for the people of India, celebration continues for five days. Generally, main Diwali is celebrated on the third day of the festival. . Check the schedule for five days of Diwali..

Five Days of Diwali Celebration:
November 5 - Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Trayodashi
November 6 - Narak Chaturdashi
November 7 - Diwali, Lakshmi Puja
November 8 - Kartika Shudda Padyami
November 9 - Bhai Dooj (Yama Dwitiya)

Millions of people around the globe, not only Hindus, even Sikhs and Jains, celebrate Diwali festival with great enthusiasm. Diwali festival is celebrated with great passion not only in India but in other countries too, like United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, Canada, Australia and Malaysia etc. because a large percentage of Indian people are residing in these countries with their family. In Singapore, around 10% of the population’s roots are from India.

Why Diwali is Celebrated?

Diwali is one of the most important and glamorous festival among all of the festivals celebrated in India. The origin of Deepavali comes from one dark night, hundreds of years ago, that ended a 14-year long difficult exile for Lord Rama. That night, the people of Ayodhya decorated and lit up their houses with earthen lamps to illuminate his way home. Fireworks were set off to welcome King Rama back in his kingdom that night. Since then Hindus continue the tradition by illuminating their homes with clay diyas on Diwali and express their delight through firing loud crackers and bright sparklers.

Due to India's rich cultural heritage, each state and region celebrates this festival in their own special way but the reason behind its celebration is same all across the country. Today amongst business communities, it is celebrated as New Year when old accounts are settled and new ledgers are opened. People offer prayers to Lakshmi- the goddess of wealth and Lord Ganesh to ensure prosperity and financial success in the coming year. In the modern era too, people lit the diyas inside and outside their home, which make the whole scene very beautiful and amazing.

Diwali Date in Upcoming Years:

Diwali 2019 Date - October 27 (Sunday)
Diwali 2020 Date - November 14 (Saturday)
Diwali 2021 Date - November 4 (Thursday)