Diwali, which is also known as Deepavali, is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the Indian subcontinent. It is the festival of light, hope, and new beginnings. Though, the occasion is also related to the prominent Diwali decoration and the delicious Diwali sweets. In this post, we will let you know when is Diwali 2018 and how you can celebrate it with utmost zeal.
Part 1. When is Diwali this year
Ideally, Diwali is celebrated on the darkest night of the Hindu lunar calendar. That is, the Amavasya of the Kartika month (late October or Early November). This year, Diwali will be observed on November 7. Though, it is a 5-day festival in total. The celebrations will start from November 5, which would be Dhanteras. Choti Diwali will be observed on November 6. The day after Diwali (November 8) will be celebrated as Govardhan Puja while Bhaidooj will be on November 9 this year. Also, in South India and some other regions, the Diwali date can also be observed as November 6 as well.
Part 2. About Diwali: Why we celebrate Diwali
While people of different religious backgrounds celebrate Diwali in their own way, it usually has a common significance. The day celebrates the victory of good over evil. It symbolizes that even on the darkest night of the year there can be light all around us. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Rama (with Sita and Laxman) returned home after defeating Ravana on the eve of Diwali. The people of his hometown (Ayodhya) lit up the entire city to welcome them. Ever since, devotees follow the same custom and welcome the gods and goddesses to their home in order to bestow their blessings.
Part 3. How to celebrate Diwali
Since India is a land of numerous religions and beliefs, people celebrate Diwali in different ways. The history of Diwali is as old as Ramayana, which is one of the most important Hindu scripts (about Lord Rama and his chronicles). People start the day by visiting Rama temples and doing a basic ritual. The day is followed by Diwali decoration. Rangolis are a prominent part of Diwali culture as people make colorful patterns on the floor to welcome their guests.
In the evening, the Diwali diya puja is held which is followed by Lakshmi puja. Devotees welcome goddess Lakshmi to their house by decorating it with diyas, candles, and artificial lights. Soon after, family and friends gather together to play Diwali games and exchange the freshly made Diwali sweets. The rest of the evening is devoted to fireworks, crackers, music, dancing, and a lot of fun! Send Diwali wishes >>
Part 4. Discover More Diwali Content on Snaptube
If you want to explore more Diwali songs, recipes, decoration ideas, etc. then simply install Snaptube on your Android device. It is a freely available app that has integrated a wide range of video sharing platforms. Users can browse the app and watch videos about Diwali, including rangoli ideas, decorations, recipes, aartis, devotional music, and so much more. If you want, you can even save any video on your device to watch it offline as well. With so much to offer, it is certainly a must-have app for every Android user. Go ahead and download the app and have a great time with your loved ones.
Part 5. Diwali Songs and Videos
Any Indian festival is incomplete without the right music. Since Diwali is such a major festival, one can easily find all kinds of Diwali videos and songs online. Here are some of our favorite Diwali songs that you can play on the festive occasion.
1. Lakshmi Maa Arti for Diwali
2. Happy Diwali Song
3. Maha Lakshmi Mantra and Ganesha Aarti for Diwali
4. Happy Diwali song for kids
5. Deepavali Manai Suhani and Religious Songs
Part 6. Diwali Decoration Ideas and Recipes
Almost everyone in India decorates their house in different ways and makes delicious Diwali food to welcome their guests. Some Diwali recipes can also be used to make prasadam in order to offer the gods. Here are some of these recipes and Diwali decoration ideas that you can work on.
1. Diwali DIY Candle Stands
2. Diwali DIY Home Décor Ideas
3. DIY Hanging Torans for Diwali
4. Wheat Flour Chakki Recipe
5. Coconut Laddu Recipe
6. Delicious Balushahi Recipe
updated by Chief Editor on Oct 25, 2018