Diwali

Sunday, October 27, 2019 9:00am - 9:00pm
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Diwali is a five-day-long India festival celebrated around the world.

Day 1 - Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five days long Diwali festival. On this day people traditionally purchase some gold and silver or at least one or two new utensils. It is believed that purchasing some form of precious metal is a sign of good luck.

Day 2 - Narak Chaturdasi is also called as choti Diwali. As per traditional practice, on this day, people take an oil bath before sunrise with Ubtan.

Day 3 - Lakshmi Puja This is the main day of Diwali celebration and the entire focus is devoted to Lakshmi Puja. People keep the house spotlessly clean and pure to welcome goddess Lakshmi. Lamps are lit in the evening and Lakshmi puja is performed at every household. People also distribute sweets and gifts amoung friends and family.

Day 4 - Govardhan Puja Also known as Padwa, it marks the coronation of the King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat started on this day. In southern India, Gudi Padwa is celebrated which is a symbol of love and devotion between wife and husband. In northern Indian states, Govardhan Puja is celebrated which is in commemoration of the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Lord Krishna. This day is also observed as Annakoot meaning mountain of food.

Day 4 - Bhai Dooj On this final day, sisters pray for the long life of the brothers. Brothers return give gifts to their sisters as a token of love.

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