What does Diwali mean, Diwali History

 What does Diwali mean, Diwali History

The fourth day is by Goverdhan Puja, Balipratipada or Annakut, and commemorates the defeat of Krishna Indra, the deity, and is also the beginning of the New Year in the Vikrama (Hindu) calendar.

Bhai Dooj, Bhai Tika, or Bhai Bij is the fifth and final day and celebrates the fellowship between brothers and sisters, where sisters pray for the success and well-being of their brothers.

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All regions in India have different traditions of commemorating Diwali.

What does Diwali mean, Diwali History
 What does Diwali mean, Diwali History

But whatever the culture, there is a covenant Diwali represents the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance.

Diwali 2020: History and significance of the festival of lights

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is a Hindu festival of lights celebrated by Indians around the world. Deepavali, which translates as ‘row of lamps’ is one of the most important festivals of all Hindu festivals and is celebrated in a period of 5 days. It is considered the 15th day of the month of Kartika and according to the Hindu lunar calendar, this month is considered the most sacred. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 14.

Diwali 2020: History and significance

Diwali is not only of importance because of its great popularity and bright display of explosives but also because it symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, good for evil and ignorance for ignorance. On this day, diyas, candles and lanterns are placed around the house, to 'light up' the path of knowledge and victory. Each house is decorated with various colored lights and diyas. The whole world is full of warm light and warmth from every home, making it a truly amazing sight to see.

The Diwali celebration also serves as a ritual of purification, which symbolizes the release of all the worries and problems of the past year and into light. In the days leading up to Diwali, families come together to clean, renovate and decorate their homes and working areas with rangolis and diyas. Diwali marks the beginning of winter and the beginning of all new things, in nature and in humanity.

On this day, the celebrants put on their beautiful, brand new clothes and pray to various gods and goddesses, according to their family tradition.


Celebrating Diwali can have its roots in ancient India and may have originated as an important harvest festival. And as with most Hindu festivals, the origins of Diwali vary from region to region, which is largely due to the tradition of stories and myths passed down from generation to generation through spoken word.

Some believe that Diwali is the celebration of the wedding of Goddess Laxmi and King Vishnu. Some even consider this day to be a good time for his birthday, as it is a popular belief that he was born in the month of Kartika in the new moon (Amavasya).

In some regions, such as Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Kali, the black goddess of power. In some regions, devotees offer prayers to the elephant-headed God, Lord Ganesh. But of all the legends and histories, Diwali marks the day when King Rama returned to Ayodhya, after a long 14-year exile, regaining his throne and fulfilling his mission. His return is significant because of his victory over the demon king Ravana. It was in celebration of the return of their Lord, that the people of Ayodiah illuminated the kingdom with dias, to illuminate his way home.

Five days of celebration

One of the five days of Diwali has its significance and appointment, with the first day - Naraka Chaturdasi pointing out the defeat of the demon Naraka at the hands of King Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.

On the second day - Amavasya, devotees pray to Goddess Laxmi, as many believe she is on the most graceful moon at this time and often gives wishes to her followers. In Amavasya, the people recount the story of King Vishnu, who took the form of a young man and drove Baal out of hell. It was only during the festival of lights that Baal was allowed to roam the earth again, to spread King Vishnu's message of love, compassion and knowledge, and to illuminate the diyas along the way.

On the third day - Kartika Shudda Padyami, Bali emerges from hell and rules the world according to the bonds given by King Vishnu. The fourth day - Yama Dvitiya, also known as Bhai Dooj, is seen, and is associated with sisters who invite their brothers into their homes.

The fifth day - Dhanteras, is a festival of wealth and prosperity. It is celebrated two days before Diwali and people all over the world are trying their hand at gambling as it is considered that with the blessing of Goddess Parvati, anyone who gambles on this day will be given prosperity all year round. Historically, Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband, Lord Shiva, on this day.

In addition to all the fun, gambling and fireworks surrounding the Diwali celebration, it is a philosophical celebration. The One who places great emphasis on 'light' and the spread of good over evil. This Diwali allows us to pray to God for guidance and patience during the Covid-19 epidemic. Have a happy and safe Diwali.

Diwali Day 2020, Lakshmi Puja Time, Significance and History

Diwali is very important as the day marks the triumph of light over darkness, and good for evil. We celebrate the knowledge and beauty of people. As the day draws to a close, we clean our house and decorate to let go of all unnecessary worries and anxieties. Diwali is believed to be the beginning of a new journey by forgetting all the worries of the past and entering the light.

Diwali 2020: Laxmi Puja Times

This year, Diwali will be observed on November 14, the day after Dhanteras which is November 13. On Diwali, people are praying to the goddess Laxmi known as the Goddess of Wealth. Here are the Lami Puja Times of different cities according to drikpanchang.com.

Lakshmi Puja Muhurat - 05:28 PM to 07:24 PM (New Delhi, India)

Time - 01 hour 56 minutes

Pradosh Kaal - 05:28 PM to 08:07 PM

Vrishabha Kaal - 05:28 PM to 07:24 PM

Amavasya Tithi Begins - 02:17 PM on Nov 14, 2020

Amavasya Says End - 10:36 AM November 15, 2020

Lakshmi Puja Muhurat in other cities

05:58 PM to 07:59 PM - Pune

05:41 to 07:43 PM - Chennai

05:37 to 07:33 PM - Jaipur

05:42 to 07:42 PM - Hyderabad

05:29 to 07:25 PM - Gurgaon

05:26 to 07:21 PM - Chandigarh

04:54 PM to 06:52 PM - Kolkata

06:01 PM to 08:01 PM - Mumbai

05:52 PM to 07:54 PM - Bangalore

05:57 PM to 07:55 PM - Ahmedabad

05:28 to 07:23 PM - Noida

Happy Diwali 2020: Top 22 Wishes, Messages 

May the lamps of Diwali illuminate your life,May the colours of rangoli usher in happiness,May the delicious Diwali desserts add sweetness to your life,And may Goddess Lakshmi shower you with all that you have wished for.

May Maa Lakshmi shower you with her choicest blessings and may you get rid of all your sorrows and agony this Diwali.

May Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth shower you with the riches. Here's wishing you ahead of Diwali 2020.

Diwali Quotes 2020Maa Lakshmi ki kripa hoDhan aur samruddhi ki varsha hoSwasth aur sudhridh swaasth hoMeri or se Diwali ki dheron shubh kamnayein

Jagmagata rahe aapka jeevanJhilmilata rahe aapka gharBani rahe aapke adharon par meethi muskaanAur manate rahein aap Diwali har saal

Aapke jeevan mein dhan ki varsha hoSukh evam samruddhi ka vaas hoSwasth swaasth, harsh aur ullas hoAur Maa Lakshmi Ka Aashirwad ho

May the lamps of Diwali illuminate your life,May the colours of rangoli usher in happiness,May the delicious Diwali desserts add sweetness to your life,And may Goddess Lakshmi shower you with all that you have wished for.

May the lights of Diwali make your and your loved ones’ life brighter and happier. Wish you a very Happy Diwali!

May the light of diyas fill your home with wealth, happiness, and everything that brings you joy! Wish you and your entire family a very Happy Diwali!

Sky full of fireworks and the air full of happiness. It is the season of Diwali, to be celebrated with your loved ones

Shoot A Rocket Of Prosperity!Fire A Flowerpot Of Happiness!Wish U And Your Family A Sparkling Diwali!

Wishing Laughter And Fun To Cheer Your Days,This Festive Season Of Diwali And Always. Happy Diwali!

It’s the occasion to throng the temples,pray to the gods and give them offerings,it’s an opportunity to entreat the deities,to bless us all and rid us of sufferings.

May Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha shower their choicest blessings, on you and your family. May your life get fulfilled with prosperity, success, wisdom and wealth. Wishing you a Happy Diwali!

May This Divine Festival Color The Pages of Your Life With Peace, Joy And Happiness. Happy Diwali!

May This Diwali, Come Up WithBeautiful Beginnings, Fresh Hopes,Bright Days, New DreamsAnd Your Days Filled WithCheerful Moments And Pleasant SurprisesWishing you a Happy Diwali!

We Wish You A Year Rich With Love,Happiness, Prosperity And Wisdom.Happy Diwali to You And Your Family

Diwali Messages 2020This Diwali, I Send You A Lot Of Wishes For The Coming YearFilled With Good Luck, Health, Prosperity, And JoyHope you have a safe and happy Diwali!

It’s The Time... To Illuminate A Lamp Of HappinessIt’s The Time... To Blow A String Of SorrowIt’s The Time... To Fire A Rocket Of LoveIt’s The Time... To Blast A Chain Of ProsperityWishing you all a Sparkling Deepavali.

May Ganpati Bappa Take Away All Your TroublesAnd Bless You With Immense Happiness And Cheerful SmilesMay Your Life Be Filled With PositivityWarm wishes on Diwali!

Some Sweets Smiles, Few Words Of CheerSome Love And Care From Someone NearWish You Happy Diwali & Blessings For The Coming YearOn This Diwali…

I Wish You A Year Rich With Love, Happiness, Prosperity And Wisdom. Happy Diwali to you and your family!

Wishing that this Diwali brings prosperity to your business and more opportunities for us to work together!

May the lights of Diwali Diyas fill your home with wealth, happiness, and everything that Brings You Joy! I wish you and your entire family a very very Happy Diwali!

What is Diwali, the festival of lights, and how will it be celebrated among the coronavirus?

The five-day celebration of Diwali has become a national festival marked by many non-religious Indians, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs.

As of Thursday, more than a billion people around the world will begin the annual celebration of Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights that many consider to be the start of a new year.

Usually, the festival is celebrated with ceremonies at home and at large social gatherings by people of many religions in India and abroad. In recent years, festivals have increased dramatically in America with major events in Disneyland and Times Square as well as conference venues across the country.

This year, Diwali celebrations are likely to return to close-knit family gatherings associated with online celebrations as both countries fight the coronavirus epidemic.

India, which has reported more than 8.6 million COVID-19 cases and more than 127,000 deaths, is the second largest in the United States with more than 10.2 million cases and nearly 240,000 deaths, according to data from John Hopkins University .

The Indian Department of Health has shown the recent increase in New Delhi during the festive season. Officials have warned that the situation could worsen due to overcrowding in the festive market.

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What is Diwali?

The name Diwali, or Deepavali, comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “lined lanterns,” according to Shereen Bhalla, director of education at the Hindu American Foundation. There are several legends linked to Diwali, according to Bhalla.

Some believe the day is celebrated with the return of King Rama, the body of King Vishnu, and his wife Queen Sita, a statue of the goddess Lakshmi, in Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile when locals celebrated by lighting rows of clay lanterns. Some believe that Diwali falls on the birthday of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and on the day she married Vishnu.

Some believe that Diwali celebrated the day Lord Krishna, another avatar of Vishnu, defeated Prince Narakasura and brought peace to the world. In West India, the festival marks the day Vishnu, one of the three major Hindu deities, sent a demon to King Bali underground.

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Although the festival comes from Hindus, Diwali is celebrated by the majority of Indians of all religions including Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs.

In Jainism, it marks the nirvana or Mahavira spiritual awakening, according to HAF. For Sikhs, it celebrates the day the grandfather was released from prison. Buddhists believe that Diwali as the day when the Emperor of India Ashoka accepted Buddhism as his religion.

When is this year?

Bhalla said the days change from year to year based on the Hindu lunar calendar, but it happens in October and November. The main celebrations take place on the third day of the five-day festival and the year falls on November 14.

How is Diwali celebrated?

The celebration lasts for five days, during which candles, fire extinguishers and clay lamps are known as diyas to show the triumph of light over darkness and good for evil, Balla said. If you want to greet someone who is celebrating you can say "Happy Diwali" or "saal mubarak" which means "Happy New Year."

People will also decorate with rangolis, intricate patterns made of colored powder, rice or flowers, on the floor of their homes. Food is also a big part of the holiday, eating traditional sweets and nutritious foods.

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Many cities, including New York and San Antonio, have hosted thousands of festivals in recent years. The White House has been celebrating Diwali for years.

Diwali is also thought of for some as the beginning of the new year, so many people buy new clothes and clean their homes. Usually, Hindus will also go to the temple to recite the puja, or prayer to the god Ganesh or Lakshmi. Bhalla said the holiday was also a time for people to make charitable donations, giving help to those in need.

"With Diwali the emphasis is on engaging in a service, which we call a server, a Sanskrit name," said Bhalla. "Another big name in Sanskrit is danya giving charity."

Dressing up Diwali: Long Islanders bring out the bright 'night light' styles

During Diwali, a festive celebration often marked by glittering lights and flaming explosives, holiday dresses are designed to be light and colorful like pyrotechnics painting the sky.

"It's a festival of light," said Sital Parikh Shah, 46, a married mother of two who grew up in India and moved to Long Island 26 years ago. "I like to dress this way. It makes me feel so happy."

You have good company. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali in their own ways, but more often than not, it all marks the spiritual victory of light over darkness. Holiday dresses are one way to do that. Fashion is a powerful and personal way of communicating with one's heritage while expressing one's individual tastes and style.


"Diwali is a time for new clothes, new shoes, new jewelry," said Shah, who lives in Plainview and runs a 7-Eleven store that sells in Farmingdale. Her home is far away from the car away from the many clothing stores that offer a variety of designs.

Hicksville, also known as the "Little India" of Long Island, has become a major tourist destination for South Asians, including luxury shops. Some stores opened more than two decades ago, while others will mark their first Diwali on November 14.

Fashion options range from the most traditional style to the Indo-Western fashion. Popular Diwali selections include drape saris saris; kurtas like a garment; many salwar suits; and flowing lehengas, long skirts are often adorned with embellishments, beads or small decorative discs like mirrors.

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That’s just a sample and each piece comes in a variety of styles depending on the silhouette, length and detail. Cholis, or blouses, for example, can be short or long, patterned or clear, and can be made of anything from bejeweled brocade to unadorned silk.

"Diwali is like a new year," said Prachi Jain, 35, who works in Vastra, a 23-year-old Indian shop with his mother Poonam Jain, 59.


Red is considered a good color and is close to major events, including festivals. Yellow can bring good luck. Prosperity of green beams. Magenta, hot pink, orange, and blue are among the most popular holiday colors, says Prachi Jain.

Vastra includes in-store shopping and rental options, as well as custom orders made at the Jain family factory in New Delhi, India. Diwali fashions run from $ 120 to $ 800.

Shah bought from Vastra for many years with his custom holiday look. She placed her custom order for her red silk red salad and her yellow shirt over a month ago after pouring in store options and catalogs to come up with her fabrics, styles and tones. Gold threads and ornaments "add a little light," he said.

Suman Kambo, 47, who lives in Hicksville and runs a perfume business, is one of Vastra's devotees for Diwali. "It's such a wonderful holiday," said Kambo, who was born in India. "Diwali is about celebrating light, new clothes, sweets and candles, everything is fine."

That includes prosperity - one of the major themes of Diwali. You will mark the event with a traditional dress - a long georgette skirt and a brocade jacket - green for hunting and embellishing with glitter embellishments. “It’s about celebrating bright colors and light,” he said.

In Nor boutique, with wedding fashions, festive attire and casual attire, Ekjyot Singh Sethi, 24, sees Diwali as an opportunity to look "within your reach." The store offers a rack or regular clothes.

The family-run business opened in Hicksville just two days in March before COVID-19 struck and closed, like other businesses, for a few months. "It was a difficult time," Seth said. The family was "surprised and encouraged" by the community's response.

"Diwali is a time of bright colors," Seth said. At the Diwali event "he wants to go out," he said. "Night of Light." His top water design: black kurta suit, embroidered leather shawl. You’ll get it all out with a light neon wrap - which may be orange or maybe green. "I'm still making a decision," he said.


During the normal year, Diwali's splendor is displayed at events and social gatherings - in temples, with family and friends, and with neighbors in exchange for good wishes.


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