Diwali 2020: Diwali is a grand Indian festival that has an important significance behind its celebration. Diwali means lighted lamps. Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights that commemorates the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Lord Lakshman back to Ayodhya after their 14 months of exile.
The preparations of Diwali starts a week ahead in Indian households and is one of the major Hindu festivals. People celebrate the festival of lights to mark the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, learning over obliviousness. It’s that time of the year again when households are busy with the rituals before Diwali.
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People renovate, refurbish, paint and clean their homes during this time of the year. There is a popular belief around this. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits every home, so the doors are kept open and the place is well decorated with lights, diyas, rangolis, etc. to welcome them.
Diwali is one of the much awaited festivals of the year and people celebrate it with family and friends with much excitement and show.
When is Diwali 2020 celebrated?
Diwali is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartikamasam on the darkest night known as Amavasya. This is a New Moon night. Typically, the festival starts two days before the new moon and lasts until two days after the new moon. The best part is that the day of this ethereal Indian festival takes place in the darkest days of October or even November.
Here, Diwali or Deepavali in Sanskrit connotes the usage of earthen Diya pots to light up the sky. It is said that the houses lit up to welcome Lord Rama, Lakshman, and Sita Devi. Diyas, lights, earthen pots, rangolis outside the house along with Pooja are a part of the Diwali festivities.
Moreover, the night of Diwali also celebrates Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
And the festivities go on for 5 days in total. There are 5 important festivals that mark this 5-day long Diwali celebration.
And during these 5 days of beautifully lit night skies, this is how India celebrates Diwali:
- 1st Day
The first day is known as Dhanteras, where “Dhan” means wealth, and “tera” means 13 indicating the 13th day of a Lunar fortnight. It falls on the Karthik month of the dark Lunar fortnight. This year it falls on both 12th and 13th November.
According to popular mythology, it’s said that on this day, for the good of humanity, the discovery of the Amrit Kalash by the founder of Ayurveda, God Dhanwantri, by churning the sea took place in the Kartikh month of Krishna Paksha.
On Dhanteras, people usually buy gold, silver, clothing, gadgets, jewellery etc. as it is considered auspicious and brings in affluence.
And as Goddess Lakshmi is the mythical indication of wealth, Indians worship the goddess to get her blessings and perform her puja on this auspicious day.
- 2nd Day
The 2nd day of Diwali is Naraka Chaturdashi 2020, the fabled day when Goddess Kali and Lord Krishna battle against Narakasuraa and defeat the devil. It is also celebrated as Choti Diwali across India. People decorate their house with flowers and dress rangoli to celebrate this day.
This year, the day of Chhoti Diwali would be on the 13th of November.
- 3rd Day
The 3rd day of this festival is Deepavali or Lakshmi Puja. According to Hindu traditions, people also pray and perform Lakshmi Puja to attract wealth and prosperity in their lives.
Diwali would be for the night of the New Moon, or Amavasya. And as this is the darkest night of the month, the North Indian households lovingly light up their verandas with diyas, star-lights, and light incense sticks to celebrate.
Moreover, households also love to cook delicious sweet dishes, scrumptious meals, and light lamps all around the house. People also decorate their house with festive lights and celebrate it with friends and family.
This year it falls on 14th of November.
- 4th Day
The fourth day of this festival is known as Govardhan Puja or Vishkarma Puja. . In general, the 4th day celebrates Lord Krishna defeating Lord Indra of thunder and lightning. There are different beliefs associated with this day and are celebrated differently across India.
Now In Maharashtra, the people celebrate the battle of Lord Krishna against Bali, the demon lord.
- 5th Day
The 5th day for Indians is celebrated for celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters, i.e. Bhai Dooj or Bhai beej. This is the last day of the festival celebrated after Govardhan Puja. This year it falls on 16th November. Bhai Dooj is similar to Raksha Bandhan which celebrates the bond between a brother and sister.
Now, as 2020 encourages lockdown and home quarantine, it is best to stay at home and celebrate.
There are several ways you can celebrate Diwali this year instead:
Video Call Your Relatives:
Instead of visiting anyone this year, make it a point to video call your family and bring them close. You can also opt for Diwali multi-videos via Zoom.
This way, you can have your whole family from all parts of the world come together as a joint unit to celebrate.
If you had planned to make and feed your family some amazing sweets, send them through delivery.
This can help you stay safe during this coronavirus lockdown while your family shares the joy of home-made festive goodies.
Prevent Use of Crackers:
As the 2020 winter is laden with stronger coronavirus fears, make sure not to use crackers and bombs this Diwali. Doing so can help with reducing air pollution can cause smog to retain the covid globules in the air for longer.
So to celebrate 2020 Diwali, do take the right steps for optimum health and blessing!