Diwali 2016: Let The Lights Pierce The Darkness!
Diwali in 2016 is on October 30. On Deepawali in 2016, let the lights pierce into the darkness of the world. Even if you are not in India, you can notice the dark skies penetrated by lights on the night of Diwali. Read below to know more about Deepawali...
Indian soil has seen many cultures and civilizations. This country has turned into a base of numerous languages and religions. Instead, it should better be called as a land of festivals. The festivals in India are an integral part of the nation. Two of the biggest Hindu festivals that have great importance are Holi and Diwali. On these festivals, people gather and worship their deities, offer prayers. Along with this, they enjoy on dance and music.
Diwali 2016 Dates
- Sunday, October 30, 2016
Diwali Muhurat In 2016
- Lakshmi Puja Muhurat: 18:26 to 20:09
- Pradosh Kaal: 17:32 to 20:09
- Vrishabh Kaal: 18:26 to 20:21
How To Celebrate Diwali in 2016
Diwali (also known as Deepavali) is undoubtedly amongst one of the biggest and brightest festivals of Hindus celebrated throughout India. In Deepavali, 'Deep' signifies light and 'Avali' signifies a row of lights; hence, it is usually called as 'Festival Of Lights'. It is a five day celebration.
- Observances: Lights, shopping, fireworks, decoration of house, Ganesh puja, sweets, Govardhan puja, Bhai dooj
- Type of Holiday: Religious Holiday
In India, all the festivals are important a are also prominent on religious grounds, as we have Diwali or Deepawali. Let's throw some more light on this 'Festival of Lights'.
2016 will also have the same festivity of the festival of lights i.e. Diwali. But before we celebrate Diwali in 2016, we should have the sound knowledge of this festival of lights, so that it can be celebrated with much more excitement in 2016.
What Is Diwali?
Diwali (also known as Deepavali) is undoubtedly amongst one of the biggest and brightest festivals of Hindus celebrated throughout. In Deepavali, 'Deep' signifies light and 'Avali' signifies a row of lights; hence, it is usually called as 'Festival Of Lights'. It is celebrated eighteen days post Dusshera. On the eve of Diwali, people light lamps (Diyas) and place them all around their homes.
People from rural areas light lamps made of mud. While, in urban areas mud lamps are substituted by candles and electric lamps. Lighting of lamps is one of the ways for paying gratitude toward God to get good health, knowledge, wealth, peace, and fame.
On Deepavali eve, people from all age groups participate and enjoy the festivity of this festival. On Deepawali, people exchange sweets and the eve is celebrated with firing crackers, explosion of fireworks.
It is a five-day celebration, where each and every day has a different tradition and importance. However, the theme of all the celebrations is just the same i.e. destruction of evil and victory of truth.
Hence, on this Deepawali in 2016, you should also not forget the ultimate reason for celebrating Diwali and try to kill all the evils in you on this day.
Deepavali As A Harvest Festival
Deepavali is also celebrated as a harvest festival in India. Diwali takes place when the cropping season ends. Instead, other than this fact, there are many more customs that would tell us that Deepawali is a harvest festival. In earlier times also, reaping of harvest brought happiness and prosperity in the lives of farmers.
Hence, even now the farmers celebrate the harvesting time with joy and offer prayers to God for yielding good harvest during Diwali or Deepavali. In old days, farmers used to worship Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
On Deepawali, farmers perform an Aarti and prepare dishes made of rice taken from the harvest. This custom is followed all over in India in rural and urban areas. October-November is the time when Kharif harvesting season ends. This is also one of the reasons for considering Deepavali as a harvest festival.
Significance of Diwali 2016
Let's know about the significance of Diwali festival by taking a detailed look at all the five days of Deepavali.
Dhanteras commences the five-day celebrations of Diwali. It is also known as 'Dhantrayodashi' or 'Dhanwantari Trayodashi'. It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu month Kartik.
On the occasion of Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi, also known as Dhan Lakshmi, is worshiped. It is believed that worshiping her on this first day of Diwali helps in bringing wealth and prosperity. Some people also worship Lord Kuber on Dhanteras as he is considered to be the owner of all the treasure and wealth. It is considered auspicious to buy new things for household on the day of Dhanteras. Especially, the kitchen utensils made of brass, copper or iron, are brought on the first Deepawali day. Silver based jewelry is also bought on Dhanteras. People also send gifts to others on this day, while those who can not gift anything to anyone, just send their wishes in the form of Dhanteras messages .
Choti Diwali Celebrations
The second day of celebrations is known as Chhoti Diwali. It is called so because it comes a day before Deepawali. Choti Diwali is also known as Narak Chaturdashi as a demon named Narakasura was killed on this day. On the day of Choti Diwali, people also light lamps but on a smaller scale in comparison to Badi Diwali or the main Deepavali.
Night of Lights: Diwali
The much awaited festival of lights marks the third day of celebrations. On the Diwali night, people worship Goddess Lakshmi to bring prosperity, light of knowledge, and wealth. It is said that on the occasion of Deepavali, all the homes should be neat and clean, as Goddess Lakshmi visits the cleanest place first. On the night of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi comes on earth to bestow her blessings on human beings.
Along with her, Lord Ganesha is also worshiped on Dipawali or Diwali, as he is the one who is worshiped before initiating any good task. After doing Lakshmi Puja on Dipawali, people lit lamps and then children and elders, all use fire-crackers.
Govardhan Puja is performed on the fourth day of Diwali. Goverdhan Puja is the ritual followed to worship the hillock of Govardhan. It also has a story associated with it that says that once Lord Indra became angry on the people of Mathura as Lord Krishna told them not to worship Indra. This made Indra very angry and he sent a huge amount of rain to harm people of Mathura. But, Lord Krishna assured everyone that they will be saved and he lifted up Govardhan Parvat to save the people.
This way, Lord Krishna proved that Indra is not the supreme God. Indra also accepted the supremacy of Lord Krishna. Since then, people of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and many other states build small hillocks by cow dung and decorate them with flowers on this fourth day of Dipawali. People then gather at a place to worship them.
The festival of Bhai Dooj is celebrated on the last Diwali day to strengthen the bond of a sister and brother. Sisters put a Tilak on the foreheads of their brothers and pray for their long lives on Bhai Dooj. In return, brothers offer gifts to their loving sisters. The festival of Bhaiya Dooj is celebrated to increase the love and bonding between the brothers ans sisters forever.
Hopefully, all this information on Diwali would help you out to celebrate Diwali in 2016 with zeal and fun along with your near and dear ones.
AstroSage wishes you a Happy Diwali in 2016!