Diwali (Deepawali)

Diwali, or Deepawali, is a gazetted holiday in India, and it is celebrated in the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika, which normally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Diwali is the festival of lights in India and usually lasts five days. People light rows of lamps inside and outside homes for the holiday, which represents the triumph of light over dark and the power of good over evil.

The following is the list of Diwali / Deepawali in India from 2021 to 2025.

HolidayDateWeekday
Diwali (Deepawali)Nov 04, 2021Thursday
Diwali (Deepawali)Oct 24, 2022Monday
Diwali (Deepawali)Nov 12, 2023Sunday
Diwali (Deepawali)Nov 01, 2024Friday
Diwali (Deepawali)Oct 20, 2025Monday

The five days of Diwali:

  • Day one (Dhanteras or Dhanatrayodashi) is the beginning of the Diwali festival, and people clean their homes. Buying gold or silver is a symbol for good fortune on this day.
  • Day two (Naraka Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali) is a day to pray for the peace to the manes, and to purchase festive food and sweets. People will also decorate their homes with candles and lamps.
  • Day three (Lakshmi Pujan or Kali Puja): This is the main day of the festival, and the night will be lit up by firecrackers and fireworks. Families and friends gather together to pray and share the sweets.
  • Day four (Govardhan Puja): This is the first day of the new year, and it is a day celebrates the bond between the wife and husband. Families and relatives gather together with gifts and festival meals for best wishes.
  • Day five (Bhai Duj): This is the last day of the festival, and it is a day celebrates the sibling bond between brothers and sisters.

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