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Diwali in 2018

Diwali is on 2018

In 2018, Diwali will begin on November 03 and will end on November 07. The main festival of Diwali will be
observed on November 07, which happens to be Wednesday. In South India, it is observed a day earlier. Hence, this year Diwali in the South will be celebrated on November 07. Diwali is also known by other names such as Lakshmi Puja, Lakshmi-Ganesh Puja and Diwali Puja.

Different Names for 5 days of Diwali celebration

Day 1Dhanteras / Dhantheran / Dhantrayodashi / Dhanwantari Triodasi / Yamadeepdaan / Dhan Teyras
Day 2Choti Diwali / Kali Chaudas / Narak Chaturdashi
Day 3Diwali / Lakshmi Puja / Baddi Diwali
Day 4Govardhan Puja / Annakoot/ Pratipat /
Day 5Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej / Dvitiya

Five Days of Diwali

Many rituals are observed during the five day long joyous and auspicious festival of Diwali.

Dhanteras (05th November, 2018)

The first day of Diwali is known as Dhanteras. This comprises two words Dhan, which means wealth and teras, which is the 13th day of a lunar fortnight on the Hindu calendar. Thus, Dhanteras is a celebration of prosperity. On the day, people purchase gold, utensils etc and also welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes.

Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali (6th November, 2018)

This is the second day of Diwali. According to a legend, the demon Narakasura was killed on this day by Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali and 16,000 princes who were taken into captivity by the demon were freed.

Amavasya (7th November, 2018)

The third day, this is the main day of the festival and is very significant, especially in north and western part of India. The day is marked by fireworks and the lighting of candles. In the evening, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped.

Goverdhan Puja (8th November, 2018)

The fourth day of the festival is known as Goverdhan Puja. While in North India, the day marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Indira, the God of Thunder, in the South people worship the demon King Bali. In Gujarat Goverdhan Puja marks the beginning of the New Year.

Bhai Dooj (9th November, 2018)

The fifth and final day is known as Bhai Dooj. This festival is similar to Raksha Bandhan. On this day sisters apply tilak on the forehead of their brothers who in turn take a vow to protect them. It is a wonderful festival, which exhibits the bonds of love between a brother and sister.

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