Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is one of the most famous festival celebrated accross India. It is commonly known as festival of lights .The word Diwali means rows of lighted oil lamps and sometimes called Quelo. It is actually derived from Sanskrit Dīpāvalī meaning "Row of Lamps" or "Spreading of Light". Diwali is the five days festivity period which begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj. However, in Maharashtra Diwali festivities begin one day earlier on Govatsa Dwadashi while in Gujarat Diwali festivities begin two days earlier on Agyaras and culminates on Labh Panchami. It is an official holiday in Fiji, Guyana, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Diwali is celebrated in honor of the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshman from exile of 14 years after Rama defeated Ravana. To honor the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana from Lanka and to illuminate their path, villagers light Diyas to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. Diwali also celebrates the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of "Agyatavas" as per Mahabharata. The 5-day festival of Diwali begins on the day Goddess Lakshmi was born from the churning of cosmic ocean of milk by the gods and the demons; while the night of Diwali is the day Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her husband and they were married. Along with Lakshmi, devotees make offerings to Ganesha, who symbolizes ethical beginnings and fearless remover of obstacles; Saraswati, who embodies music, literature and learning and Kubera, who symbolizes book-keeping, treasury and wealth management. The Jains celebrate this day as they believe that Lord Mahavira attained enlightenment on this day. There are still other theories associated with Diwali such as the killing of Narkasura by Lord Vishnu and birth of Goddess Kali.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, Hindus dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas or lamps inside and outside their home, participate in family puja typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, different colorful varieties of fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai, and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated. Rangoli is a unique art work that is done floors is practiced by people all across India. Electric lights have become a important Diwali symbols.

This year Diwali fals on Sunday, October 30.

Important Diwali dates is as below:

Ekadashi - Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras
                  26th October 2016 (Wednesday)
Dwadashi - 27th October 2016 (Thursday)
Trayodashi - Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Yama Deepam, Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja
                     28th October 2016 (Friday)
Chaturdashi - Narak Chaturdashi, Tamil Deepavali, Bengal Kali Puja
                       29th October 2016 (Saturday)
Amavasya - Lakshmi Puja, Diwali Puja, Kedar Gauri Vrat, Chopda Puja, Sharda Puja, Diwali Snan
                    30th October 2016 (Sunday)
Pratipada - Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada, Dyuta Krida, Gujarati New Year
                   31st October 2016 (Monday)
Dwitiya - Bhaiya Dooj, Bhau Beej, Yama Dwitiya
                1st November 2016 (Tuesday)

Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 18:27 to 20:09
Duration = 1 Hour 42 Mins
Pradosh Kaal = 17:33 to 20:09
Vrishabha Kaal = 18:27 to 20:22

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