Diwali is a Hindu festival which is celebrated with great zest and fun all over India. Throughout the country, it is celebrated in ways like in Bengal people worship Goddess Kali, and in Western and Northern parts of India, people worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi respectively on this day. Although it is a well-known fact now that we have to be more conscious this year because of the COVID-19 chaos all around because they say “Jab tak dawai nahi, tab tak dhilai nahi”
So, keeping all those health and hygiene norms in mind, do celebrate Diwali but with a civic sense and responsibility. And please be wise when it comes to firecrackers as most of our cities are facing severe AQI levels nowadays. Air pollution is at an alarming stage.
But still we would tell you about the importance of this great festival. Most of the people don’t know that this famous festival of lights is celebrated for five long days. Amazed! But it’s true. And each day has its own significance.
So, in this article, we have shared the significance of the five days celebrations of Diwali.
1. Dhanteras – First Day
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The celebration of this festival gets started with Dhanteras which is also known as Dhanvantari Tridasi, celebrated on the 13th day of Amavasya. On this day people worship Goddess Lakshmi and purchase silver, gold, and new utensils to welcome Goddess Lakshmi at home.
2. Naraka Chaturdashi – Second Day
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This day is also known as Choti Diwali and it is believed that on this day Lord Krishna killed Narakasur and made the world free from all the fears. It is also said that people on this day apply perfumed oil on their body and hair which symbolizes purification before celebrating Diwali.
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3. Diwali – Third Day
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This is the main day of celebration as on this day Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and the entire house is decorated with candles, lights, rangolis, and diyas. It is said that lighting the entire house ends of darkness in one’s life. On this day people also wear new clothes and exchange gifts and enjoy this beautiful festival with family and friends.
4. Govardhan Puja- Fourth Day
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A long time back people used to worship Lord Indra, God of rain, and thunder. But one day Lord Krishna convinced people to worship the Govardhan Hill as it helped them in many ways. After hearing this Lord Indra got angry and decided to destroy Vrindavan. But Lord Krishna saved everything by holding the Govardhan Hill on his little finger. And from that day people perform this puja.
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5. Bhai Dooj- Fifth Day
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The story behind this celebration is very interesting. It is said that Lord Yama visited his sister, Yamuna on this day and also promised her to visit every year to bless her and save her from all the sins. And on Bhai Dooj celebration, sisters apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and they also exchange gifts.
And with this, the five long day celebration of Diwali marks its end. But during this festive season what’s more important is to celebrate this beautiful festival with the loved one and make countless memories. With this wishing you all a very happy Diwali.