Diwali 2017 Date
Diwali is an auspicious festival which is celebrated in India, Nepal and all across the world where the people of the Hindu community resides. There is an official holiday on the day in India and also in Fiji, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sindh and many other countries.
Diwali Date in 2017
Significance of Diwali
Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil. On this day, Hindus decorate their homes with lights. The temples are also decorated with light and flowers. In Sanskrit, Diwali means Dipavali which means “Series of lights”. It is one of the happiest celebrations in India where shopping is at its peak. People buy new appliances, gold, silver and many necessary items. There are many important rituals associated with the puja where Indians welcome Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Ganesha. On Diwali night, both adults and youths enjoy lighting crackers or fireworks. Special delicious vegetarian items are prepared by ladies which make the day more special.
The spiritual significance of Diwali, is related to not only Hindus but also Jains, Sikhs and Newer Buddhists. They mark the day as the victory of light over darkness. For them Diwali is the celebration to sparkle inner light. For Hindus, Diwali is an actual Happy New Year day.
History of Diwali
The festival is mentioned in the Padma Purana and the Skanda Purna, both are famous Sanskrit epics. In some regions of India, people associate the festival with the legend of Yama and Nachiketa. The story is about right versus wrong, knowledge versus ignorance and true wealth versus transient wealth.
One of the most famous legends associated with Diwali that is narrated in almost all Hindus’ houses is the return of Lord Rama along with his wife and brother to Ayodhya after exile of 14 years. On this day, the people of Ayodhya illuminated diyas to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
According Mahabharats, Diwali is celebrated every year because Pandavas returned home after their 12 years of exile and 1-year of Agyatavas.
Furthermore, Deepavali is associated with Goddess Lakshmi who was considered to appear in the world after the churning of cosmic ocean of milk. On Diwali night, it is believed that God Vishnu made Goddess Lakshmi as his wife. Lord Ganesha is worshiped in Diwali because he is considered to give power of removing obstacles and bring prosperity.