Diwali is one of the famous and most important Indian festival. This is also known as Deepawali and Deepali. This is one of the most-awaiting religious festivals for Hindus in India. Here is the Diwali Festival date 2018, Importance of Diwali celebration, Lakshmi Puja Muhurat, puja timing and Preparation.
Diwali Dates 2018 and Pooja Time
- Choti Diwali 2018– 6th November: Tuesday
- Diwali / Deepawali 2018 – 7th November: Wednesday
- Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 17:57 to 19:53 (1 Hour 55 Mins)
Which month and day is Diwali During 2018?
Diwali day for 2018 is 7th November: Wednesday. The Choti Diwali 2018 is 6th November: Tuesday. The Lakshmi Puja Muhurat is from 17:57 to 19:53. This is about 1 Hour 55 Mins in total.
Diwali Celebration Days and Duration
This is celebrated on the day of ‘amavasya’ or new moon in the month of Karthik in Hindu calendar. Countries like Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka also celebrates Diwali. The five-day celebrations start with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. The third day is celebrated as Deepavali. This indicates the victory of good over evil.
Origin of the Name – Diwali
The name Diwali, derived from combination of two words. Deepa or diwa means earthen lamp and wali means rows. So Diwali means rows of lamps. On Diwali day, people light many lamps in their well cleaned houses and surrounding.
Story Behind Diwali Celebration in Different Regions
1. Victory of good over evil
This is celebrated on the day of ‘amavasya’ or new moon in the month of Karthik in Hindu calendar which indicates the victory of good over evil.
2. In the name of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman
Diwali believed to celebrate on the day when Lord Ram along with Sita and Lakshman came back to Ayodhya after an exile of 14 years in jungle.
3. Marriage of Lakshmi Devi
Another belief is that, this is the day Lakshmi Devi chose Shri Vishnu to be her husband and they got married. So Lakshmi puja is a must during the Diwali.
4. Bandi Chhor Diwas – Sikhism
Diwali is also known as Bandi Chhor Diwas in Sikhism. According to their belief, the sixth Guru of Sikhs – Guru Har Gobind, freed himself and some others from the incarceration of Mughal Ruler – Jahangir. Then Guru Har Gobind, reached in Amritsar’s Golden Temple. So every year the whole golden temple light up with lamps.
5. Jain people
According to Jain people this is the day Mahavira attained the goal of Nirvana. So the darkness and sorrows was being illuminated by the presence of various gods.
6. West Bengal
Goddess Kali is worshipped during the Diwali in West Bengal.
Diwali and Business
Diwali the start of the new financial year for those dealing with various business. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped prayers of prosperity and progress. They clean and decorate their shops, buy gifts and offer leave for employees. All this activities and Pooja believed to bring wealth and health.
Fireworks, Lamps, Gifts and Sweets – Related Rituals
Fireworks and lighting with lamps are the main thing during Diwali. This is to show gratitude towards the Gods regarding the blessings of wealth, prosperity, knowledge and peace.
Prior to Diwali everyone’s house will be thoroughly cleaned, painted and decorated with colors. Everyone will buy new clothes and costumes to wear on the day. Gifts will be given to loved ones and this is the celebration of special foods and sweets too.
Diwali preparations starts with cleaning of home and surroundings. Most of them decorates their house and celebrations start from Dhanteras. Choti Diwali or the Chaturdhashi Day is the main day of starting celebrations.
Ubtan prepared in sesame oil is usually applied on body before taking a bath. This is believed to prevent one from being in hell after death. You can see beautiful Rangolis with flowers, colors and diyas. Lakshmi Puja is usually performed by all the family members in the evening. Here prasadam is sweets.
Diwali Dates 2018 and Pooja Timing and Muhurta
Choti Diwali 2018– 6th November:Tuesday
Diwali / Deepawali 2018 – 7th November:Wednesday
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta: 17:57 to 19:53 , Duration = 1 Hour 55 Mins