The five days of Diwali, starting from November 10, include Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj. Here’s everything you need to know. Diwali, also known as Deepawali, the biggest Hindu festival, is just around the corner and people are already busy making preparations.
Day 1 – 9th November 2023
Day 2 – 10th November 2023
Day 3 – 11th November 2023
Day 4 – 12th November 2023
Day 5 – 13th November 2023
Day 6 – 14th November 2023 Bhai Dooj
Importance Of 5 Days Of Diwali – The Five Days Diwali Festivities
Diwali festival extends beyond cultures and religions, encompassing and surrounding all. That is the only thing that makes Diwali the most famous festival in India. The 5 days of Diwali have something for everyone from informative poojas for faith lovers to the night long card parties.
The 5 days of Diwali do not last merely five days but almost the entire week, the celebrations lasting 5 days and after-effects here and there for the remaining two days. The beauty of this festival is the unity of five different ideas, each of which takes place in a special thought or ideal every day. Therefore, every five days of festivities, people celebrate with true intelligence in order to enhance their life.
It is a true market festival, from a local goldsmith to a local potter. Much is done, and even the poorest or forgotten parts of society are helped to make some money by legal means through this commercial practice. Blessings of Lord Kuber may also be sought by buying Kuber yantra.
1st Day Of Diwali Week – Dhanteras
Dhanteras (Dhanvantari Trayodashi) is the first day of Diwali week, marking the official beginning of the sparkling Diwali festivities. Indeed, this is the 13th lunar day of the Krishna Paksha, the dark quarter of the month of Karthik, according to the Hindu calendar.
Dhanteras is a special day, as it is thought that Lord Dhanwantari came from the sea this day with Ayurveda, a medical science, for the good of humankind. A large number of purchases take place this day, particularly gold, silver and precious stones, ornaments, new clothing and utensils.
At sunset, Hindus bathe and pray for the safety of Yama Raj, the Lord of Death, with a lighted deeya, Prasad (sweets offered during worship). This offering is rendered near the Tulsi tree, the Holy Basil, or any sacred tree in the yard.
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This day marks the start of the Diwali festivities.
2nd Day Of Deepavali – Choti Diwali
Kali Chaudas, or Narak Chaturdashi, is known as the second day of Diwali week. It is just the Choti Diwali; the festival celebrated on the second day of Deepavali in some parts of India.
It is understood that Lord Krishna killed Narakasur’s demon on this day, freeing the world from terror.
It is believed that on this day, the body must be massaged by oil to alleviate fatigue, bathing and rest so as to celebrate Diwali with vigour and pity. It is also thought that on this day you shouldn’t light diyas or step out of your home. In modern times, however, on Choti Diwali, people visit each other to wish ‘a happy, successful Diwali’ and exchange gifts and sweets.
3rd Day Of Diwali Week – Actual Diwali Day
The real Diwali is on the third day of the 5 days of Diwali. It is the day when Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped. Hindus get purified and join their families and their Pandit (priest) to worship the Divine Goddess Lakshmi for the blessings of prosperity and riches, the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. People in their homes are lighting diyas and candles, and millions of crackers, crackers and fairy lights are on the street throughout India.
4th Day of Diwali Week – Vishwakarma Day After Diwali
The fourth day of the five days of Diwali is celebrated in different ways in India. This day is observed with pomp as Bestu Varas, the new year according to its calendar in western states such as Gujarat.
In Northern Indian states, this day, when people worship their instruments, arms and equipment, is commonly celebrated as the day of Govardhan Puja and the day of Vishwakarma. Therefore, most or all businesses remain closed on this day. Also named Annakut this day.
Lord Krishna brought the people of Vraja to Govardhan Puja several thousand years ago. From then on, Hindus worship Govardhan every year in honour of the first Puja of the Vraja people.
5th Day of Diwali Week – Bhai Dooj
The fifth of the 5 days of Diwali is celebrated as the Bhai Dooj or Bhai Beej day. Yama (Yamraj, the Lord of Death) came to his sister Yamuna on this day several moons ago during the Vedic period. He gave a Vardhan (a boon) to his sister that the person who visited her that day would be freed from all sins and attain moksha or ultimate liberation.
From then on, the brothers visit their sisters and their children to inquire about their wellbeing, and sisters prepare sweets as a mark of love for their brothers.
The five days of Diwali festivities come to an end on this day.