Diwali, the famous Hindu festival, is round the corner. Every year, as per the Hindu calendar, Diwali is celebrated on New Moon day or Amavasya. It is scheduled every year on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month, Kartik. Thus, the date differs every year for the Gregorian calendar.
Diwali 2021 will be commemorated on 4 November. As per the tithi, Amavasya will begin at 6 am and end at 2:45 am on 5 November 2021. Similarly, the dates for the next two years are as follow:
Diwali is celebrated to uphold the moral value that good always prevails over evil. Rama's triumphant win over Ravana's evilness was celebrated by his people by the lighting up customary diyas. Back then, earthen and brass diyas would be lighted up in an effort to eliminate the darkness of the night.
Besides the legend from Ramayan, this day is also believed to be the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. That is the reason why in most Indian households, an idol of the Goddess is worshipped on this day. It is interesting to note that Hindus do not worship Laxmi alone; Lord Ganesha is also worshiped alongside. As per Hindu mythology, the Goddess had adopted Ganesh from his mother, Goddess Parvati. Lakshmi was childless and, therefore, announced that all her wealth and accomplishments belonged to Ganesh too. Therefore, on Diwali, every year, a Laxmi Ganesha statue is offered puja by the followers of Hinduism.
Contrary to general perception, Diwali is not a one-day festival. It is a five-day-long festival that starts with Dhanteras and ends on the fifth day when sisters put the traditional tika or mark on the forehead of their brothers.
The essence of Diwali is about victory, about the goodness of the human heart, sharing and caring, joyous and pompous celebrations. Be it rich or deprived, old or young; this is one festival that transcends communalism, defies age and financial well-being. Everyone on this day comes together to rejoice in the spirit of the festival. People start cleaning up their homes and offices way before the five days of the festival arrive. Buying new garments for the occasion is also customary, with the common man making the most of this occasion. People toil round the year to ensure that they are home with their close family and friends to worship the Laxmi Ganesha statue and then burst crackers, exchange gifts and sweets, and more.
One integral part of Diwali celebrations is the decoration. Most houses, streets, shops, and markets in the country are lighted up during these five days. Everywhere you land, there are different types of artificial, colorful, and blinking Diwali lights. Amongst all of this, the burning of customary diyas, like Earthen, copper and brass diyas, and Brass Oil lamps, even if not mandatory, is followed by most people. With the advent of the virtual medium, shopping for different types of artificial lights and diyas has become easier than ever before. Earlier, you could only buy from whatever materials were available at your local market. But, today, one can order such decor items online from across the world.
Some impressive and creative options that you can buy from include:
When it comes to buying diyas, you can pick from a range of options online. Here are some of the choicest ones:
Since Diwali is spread across five days, you can shop online to your heart's fill and decorate your place outstandingly. Here's what you can do on the different dates for Diwali 2021:
- Dhanteras on 2 November 2021 –
the first day of Diwali starts with the auspicious Dhanatrayodashi. Dhan stands for money or wealth, and teras means 13th day. It is believed to be the day of Lord Dhanvantari. Legends believe that the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi is this day. She is welcomed with a special ritual, and people buy items made from metal like gold, silver, or stainless steel in reverence to the Goddess. In numerous parts of the country, people also play cards on this day as it is believed to be propitious and add to the prosperity of the players.
- Chhoti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdashi on 3 November is one day before the main festival. On this day, it is believed in mythology that Goddess Kali, and Lord Krishna, had killed Narakasura, a demon. This year, Chhoti Diwali will be celebrated on 4 November due to the Hindu calendar data issues. During Chhoti Diwali, homes and shops are lit up with diyas and LED lights to prepare for the main event.
- Diwali is on 4 November 2021 and is the third day of the festival. It is a new moon day, and if not for the lights, it would be pitch dark outside. In major parts of the country, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped, while in the eastern part of the country, Goddess Kali is offered prayers. The entire country lights up – every last corner across the length and breadth of India becomes one as the light replaces darkness all across.
- On the fourth day of the celebration, which is on 5 November, Govardhan Puja is done across North India. In some places, King Bali is worshipped too. The ambiance of the festival is kept intact, and Hindus all across light up diyas and artificial electrical lights as a symbol of reverence to the Lords.
- The last day is Bhai Duj. This year the festival will end on 6 November when sisters do the traditional puja of their brothers with tika and exchanging of gifts. Since the festival ends this day, make sure to illuminate all the corners of your house. It is the best way to bid farewell to Diwali this year, and look forward to Diwali 2022.
Diwali is the best time to send wishes to your loved ones. Sending Diwali gifts is another customary feature of this year-end festival. There are multiple gifting options for people to choose from at online gift stores. People who cannot send gifts then always send in Diwali greeting cards to shower best wishes on the receivers. If that too is an effort, you can look for incredible and appealing Diwali quotes online at a gifting shop and create your very own greeting cards. Surprise them with creative heart-felt quotes.
"Diwali is a mark of hope for mankind. May it bring universal compassion, an inner joy of peace, love and the feeling of unity for all".
"Shine like sparkle, glow like the diyas to burn off all the negativity. Wishing everyone a blessed and cheerful Diwali!"
"Let the sounds of the eco-friendly crackers and fireworks remove the evil from our minds and soul. Happy Diwali!"
"Best wishes and blessings to one and all, to near and dear ones, and a salute to your hard work and sacrifice. Let's celebrate the light of festival with renewed feelings of brotherhood". "Happy Diwali 2021! This is the opportune time to eliminate all dark thoughts and evil desires and do good for the sake of humanity." "Time to spice up your life with the glow of the Diyas and the beautiful illumination of the lights. Wishing you happiness and joy this Diwali and forever".
"Best wishes and blessings to one and all, to near and dear ones, and a salute to your hard work and sacrifice. Let's celebrate the light of festival with renewed feelings of brotherhood".
"Happy Diwali 2021! This is the opportune time to eliminate all dark thoughts and evil desires and do good for the sake of humanity."
"Time to spice up your life with the glow of the Diyas and the beautiful illumination of the lights. Wishing you happiness and joy this Diwali and forever".
The festival of lights is the perfect time to shop, have fun, spread happiness and joy all around. Choose to shop online to select some beautiful artifacts, traditional diyas, Diwali electrical lights for your homes, and gift items for your close ones. Just like the diyas burn to end the darkness around, similarly, let's try to burn our malevolence and replace it with positivity and goodness for humanity.