When is Deepavali?
Deepavali 2020, 2021, 2022
What is Deepavali
It is the festival of lights and celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. It’s one of the major festivals celebrated, normally between mid-October and mid-November.
Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile. According to BBC, they also celebrate the day of Mother Goddess destroyed a demon called Mahisha.
Sikhs have a different celebration date, they celebrated before this date. The reason of celebration is the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh in 1619
Five days celebration
Day 1: Cleaning homes and gold or kitchen utensils shopping to bring good fortune to the family
Day 2: Decorating homes with clay lamps and creating design patterns on the floor. That’s called rangoli which is created with coloured powder or sand
Day 3: This is the main day of celebration. Families gather together for Lakshimi puja, it’s a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi. Then there will be feasts and fireworks.
Day 4: The first day of new year when friends and families visit each other with gifts and best wishes.
Day 5: Brothers visit their married sisters and have a lavish meal together.
National Geographic – Reference