Diwali is just around the corner, but the festive fervor begins way in advance as we clean up our homes, shop for clothes & fire crackers, prepare various delicacies and many more things. This is because Diwali is no one-day affair. It’s spread across 3-4 days. Following are some of the important Diwali days which people across India celebrate.
This day is primarily celebrated as the day of “cleansing” in order to get rid of bad influences. On this day, people usually wake up early in the morning and take bath before sunrise. In the evening, odd-numbered diyas are lit throughout the night. Lord Krishna is worshipped on this day because according to Hindu mythology he killed Narakasur on this day.
This day of the new moon will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Goddess Laxmi is worshipped on this auspicious day. This is a day of significant importance for businessmen, traders and shop owners. They unveil their new account books and conduct a puja for the same. Diyas and lamps are lit in the house. People make beautiful rangoolis or flower decorations outside their houses. People do puja and the prasad is distributed among friends and relatives. This day ends with bursting fire crackers.
People worship goddess Kali on this day. It is also celebrated as a beginning of the new year by some. Lamps are lit in the house as it is said that king Bali had lit lamps throughout the night to drive away the darkness of ignorance. It falls on November 4 this year.
Last day of diwali festival, it will be celebrated on November 5 this year. This day celebrates the bond of love between a brother and a sister. The tilak ceremony is performed by the sisters and it is believed that the brother will always be protected from all the evils. Sisters prepare meals for brothers in some families.