Diwali is the most important Hindu religious festival. Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is also known as the Festival of Lights. The festival spiritually means the triumph of light over darkness, the knowledge of ignorance, the good of evil, and the hope of despair. In most places Diwali is celebrated for five days.Since Hinduism is the oldest religion whose history goes back thousands of years, it is not surprising that many legends are associated with Diwali. But they all mean the victory of light over darkness, the knowledge of ignorance, the good of evil, and the hope of despair.
During the five-day Diwali festival, various deities are worshiped and soothed. However, goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Kuber are the most famous names that come to mind when Diwali Puja is mentioned.
Lord Yamraj, God Dhanvantari, God Hanuman, Goddess Kali, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Krishna and Demon King Bali are other outstanding deities worshiped during Diwali.
Day 2 – Narak Chaturdashi
Day 3 – Lakshmi Puja
Day 4 – Govardhan Puja
Day 5 – Bhaiya Dooj
The third day of Lakshmi Puja is the most important day of five days, and most of the day is called Diwali Puja itself. Apart from the five most famous festivals for which Diwali is known, the Diwali calendar lists several other festivals that are celebrated on 5 days of Diwali celebrations.
According to the Amanta Hindu calendar, the Diwali festival spans five days and over two months.
Diwali begins – Krishna Paksha Trayodashi (28th day) of Ashwin (7th month)
Diwali ends – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (2nd day) by Kartik (8th month)
According to Purnimanta calendar
Diwali starts – Krishna Paksha Trayodashi (13th day) by Kartik (8th month)
Diwali ends – Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (17th day) by Kartik (8th month)
Diwali is celebrated according to the Luni-Solar-based Hindu calendar, its data varies according to the Gregorian calendar and usually fall in the period from mid-October to mid-November. The Diwali Calendar lists every five days of the Diwali celebrations for 1000 years
During Diwali numerous rituals are followed. These rituals vary from state to state and state to state. However,
Cleaning and decorating houses usually with new whitewash or fresh colors,
Buying new clothes and jewelry,
Buying new household items, big or small,
to prepare traditional homemade sweets,
Worship of many deities,
Light Diya (s) and decorate it at home with flashing electric lights,
try Diwali remedies to gain wealth,
Visit relatives and friends of the family,
Distributing sweets, dried fruit and gifts,
Invite distant family members, relatives and friends to share Diwali wishes are the most common activities in Diwali.