Published On: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019

Diwali start date: When is Diwali 2019? How long does Diwali last?

Diwali is the famed festival of lights, which originated in India thousands of years ago. More than one billion people are estimated to celebrate the festival every year with startling shows and camera displays lighting up the streets. Several religions observe the festival, including Sikhs, Hindus Jains and sometimes Buddhists.

When is Diwali 2019?

Much like many non-western holidays, the festival of lights does not run on the schedule of the Gregorian calendar.

Instead, the Hindu calendar decides Diwali dates, which runs on the lunar cycle.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls under the dark Moon Tithi during the month of Kartik, which falls between October and November.

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The second day: October 28

– The second day of Diwali is Naraka Chaturdasi and commemorates when Lord Krishna and the Goddess Kali destroyed the demon Narakasura.

People will burn demon effigies in celebration.

The third day: October 29

– The third day of Diwali is Amavasya and will see people worship the Goddess Lakshmi, with evening rituals dedicated to her.

The fourth day: October 30

– Padwa, or Govardhan Puja, has several meanings throughout India, but generally celebrates the connection between wife and husband.

The fifth day: October 31

– The fifth and final day of Diwali is Bhai Duj and celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.

One of the most popular traditions during Diwali is Rangoli. 

Rangoli is an art form used for decoration during Hindu holidays, and is typically done by girls and women. 

Rangoli patterns are passed from one generation to the next and thought to bring good luck. 

The Hindu festivals of Tihar, Onam and Pongal also employ Rangoli. 

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