Diwali Five Day Celebration [Explained]

Diwali Five Day Celebration  – Diwali is approaching and the atmosphere has set in to welcome diwali with joy and happiness. Diwali is the biggest festival in the Indian calendar. Irrespective of religion, everyone celebrates Diwali in India. In 2022, the five day Diwali festival will be celebrated from 23rd October to 27th October 2022. Every day has its own significance and the tradition of celebration is also different. 

In this article, we have discussed the Five days of Diwali celebration. Check and share the article if you liked it. 

Diwali Five Day Celebration
Diwali Five Day Celebration

Diwali Five Day Celebration [Explained]

Diwali celebration lasts for five days. It is celebrated with great fun and frolic.

First Day – Dhanteras

The first day of Diwali is Dhanteras. On this day people clean their houses and workplace and decorate with Rangolis and flowers. People go to the market and buy some gold ornaments that are considered very auspicious. It is believed that gold purchased on this day will increase day by day with blessings of Goddess Laxmi. The shops of jewellery get overcrowded on this day as everyone wants to buy some gold on this day. There is also a tradition of buying at least one silver utensil on this day. At night Goddess Laxmi is worshipped both at the workplace and at the homes. In Maharashtra, people offer lightly pounded dry coriander seeds along with jaggery to the Goddess Laxmi. In villages people revere their cattle as they consider cows very auspicious.

Second Day – Chhoti Diwali

On the second day, people in Maharashtra wakeup before sunrise and take a bath with oil and paste of gram flour (Ubtan). Bengalis celebrate this day as Kali pooja and believe that on this day Goddess Kali killed the demon Raktabija on this day. Kali Pooja is performed at night. In the north India this day is celebrated as Chhoti Diwali ( small one). On this day people light earthen lamps around their houses and fire crackers.

Third Day – Diwali

Third day is the main day of Diwali celebration. On this day people decorate their houses with flowers. They do lighting around the house with electric bulbs, candles and earthen lamps. At night people worship Goddess Laxmi along with Lord Ganesha. After pooja they share sweets with their family members and neighbours and fire crackers with great enthusiasm. People visit the houses of their friends and relatives and give them gifts and sweets along with their blessings. Jains also celebrate this festival. But this day is significant for them for a different reason. They believe that Lord Mahavir attained Nirvana on this day. Nirvana means leaving the human body and this mortal world and becoming eaternal. The great saint of Hindus “Swami Dayananda Saraswati” also left this mortal world on this day.

Fourth Day – Govardhan Puja

The fourth day is Govardhan Pooja. This festival is also called Annakoot. This day is celebrated to pay honour to mount Govardhan and Lord Krishna. Actually Lord Krishna Saved the poor people of his village Gokul from the anger of Lord Indra. Lord Indra , the God of rain, got angry with the people of Gokul and he rained heavily in the village. The village got flooded with water and there was no place left even to put a foot on the ground. Then Lord Krishna took the villagers to Mount Govardhan and lift the mountain to give shelter to the villagers. Since then Govardhan mountain and Lord Krishna are worshipped on this day. In Mathura deities of lord Krishna are bathed with milk and adorned with precious clothes and ornaments. On this day a dish of rice and barley along with Kari is offered to god everywhere.

Fifth Day – Bhai Duj

The fifth day is Bhai Duj. On this day it is believed that Lord Yama, the god of death, came to her sister’s house to see her. So on this day brothers go to sisters’ houses and sisters do Tilak on their forehead and pray for their long lives. It is believed whoever on this day goes to her sister’s house and gives her gifts etc. is blessed with a long life with the mercy of Lord Yama.

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