Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most prominent and well-known Hindu festivals of India. In Sanskrit, word ‘Deepavali’ means “rows of lights” so Diwali fl is also known as “Festival of Lights”.
Diwali festival starts with Dhanteras, followed by small Diwali and then main Diwali. People of all religion celebrate Diwali festival by making different and attractive rangolis, lighting lamps ‘diyas’, distributing sweets, exchanging gifts between friends and relatives and burning crackers.
This festival of lights rise above religion and is consistently celebrated by Indians worldwide. This time Diwali falls on Sunday, 30th October, 2016.
Diwali Puja is done not only in families but also in done in many offices. Diwali Puja is the important day for the most traditional Hindu businessmen. On this day, ink bottle, pens and new account books are worshipped.
The most favorable time to do Diwali Puja is after sunset. The time period after sunset is known as Pradosh. Therefore no other Diwali Puja Muhurat is as good as Puja Muhurat during Pradosh.
Diwali 2016 Dates:
Diwali is a seven days long festival. It is celebrated in all over India with joy. This year Diwali celebration will start from 26th October, 2016 to November 1, 2016. In this celebration, Dhanteras and Bhai dooj are also important festivals.
Ekadashi: 26th October, 2016, Wednesday
Dwadashi (Vagh Baras): 27th October, 2016, Thursday
Dhanteras (Dhanvantari Trayodashi): 28th October, 2016, Friday
Kali Chaudash (Narak Chaturdashi): 29th October, 2016, Saturday
Diwali (Laxmi Puja/ Chopda Poojan, Devpuja): 30th October, 2016, Sunday
Gujarati New Year (Govardahn Puja, Annakut): 31th October, 2016, Monday
Bhaiya Dooj (Bhai Beej): 1st November, 2016, Tuesday
For Diwali festival, all people do shopping of cloths and gold ornaments, which they wear before goddess Laxmi pujan. Children and all the ages of people burnt firecrackers to enjoy the day. Flowers, sweets, food, amongst others are some of the ways in which people try to start a fresh and welcome a new year of happiness.
Diwali /Lakshmi Puja 2016 Timings:
The most important ritual of Diwali is Lakshmi Puja
Lakshmi Puja 2016 Timing: 18:26 to 20:09
Duration: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
May this Diwali light up new dreams, Fresh hopes, everything bright & beautiful and fill your days with surprises.
Happy Diwali 2016!!!
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