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Diwali 2024 Date Shubh Muhurat, Puja Timing, About the Festival

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a joyous festival celebrated by millions in India and around the world. The word “Diwali” means a row of lights, and it usually falls in October or November and this year it falls on 01st November 2024. The festival is marked by vibrant decorations, colorful rangoli designs, and the lighting of diyas (oil lamps).

People celebrate Diwali for various reasons. One significant aspect is its religious significance. For Hindus, Diwali commemorates Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana, as told in the epic Ramayana. It also marks the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

In addition to its religious roots, Diwali has cultural significance. It’s a time for families to come together, share delicious meals, exchange gifts, and enjoy festive activities. The lighting of diyas symbolizes the victory of knowledge over ignorance.

Overall, Diwali is a celebration of positivity, unity, and the renewal of life. It spreads the message of hope and encourages people to strive for goodness and compassion in their lives.


Diwali 2024 Puja Date and Time

Diwali / Deepavali 2024

Event Date & Time Day
Diwali / Deepavali 2024 Nov 01, 2024 Friday
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat 05:36 PM to 06:16 PM Friday
Pradosh Kaal 05:36 PM to 08:11 PM Friday
Vrishabha Kaal 06:20 PM to 08:15 PM Friday
Amavasya Tithi Begins 03:52 PM on Oct 31, 2024 Thursday
Amavasya Tithi Ends 06:16 PM on Nov 01, 2024 Friday

Diwali from October 28th to November 03rd, 2024

Diwali / Deepavali 2024

Event Date & Time Day
Diwali / Deepavali 2024 Nov 01, 2024 Friday
Day 1
Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras Oct 28, 2024 Monday
Day 2
Dhantrayodashi, Dhanteras Oct 29, 2024 Tuesday
Day 3
Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja Oct 30, 2024 Wednesday
Day 4
Narak Chaturdashi, Tamil Deepavali, Kali Puja Oct 31, 2024 Thursday
Day 5
Diwali / Deepavali 2024, Lakshmi Puja Nov 01, 2024 Friday
Day 6
Govardhan Puja, Annakut Nov 02, 2024 Saturday
Day 7
Bhaiya Dooj Nov 03, 2024 Sunday

Stories Related to Diwali / Deepavali

Story 1: The Return of Lord Rama

Long ago, in the ancient city of Ayodhya, there lived a noble and virtuous prince named Rama. He was exiled to the forest for fourteen years along with his devoted wife, Sita, and loyal brother, Lakshmana. During their exile, the evil demon king Ravana kidnapped Sita, leading to a great battle.

With the help of his devoted ally, Hanuman, and an army of monkeys, Rama defeated Ravana and rescued Sita. The people of Ayodhya rejoiced at the news of Rama’s victory and eagerly awaited his return. To guide Rama back to Ayodhya, the people lit oil lamps, creating a beautiful row of lights. The entire city was illuminated to welcome the triumphant return of their beloved prince.

Since that day, people continue to celebrate Diwali by lighting lamps, bursting fireworks, and exchanging sweets to symbolize the victory of light over darkness and good over evil.

Story 2: The Story of Krishna and Narakasura

In the city of Dwaraka, there was a powerful demon named Narakasura. He had earned the wrath of the gods with his tyranny and arrogance. Lord Krishna, known for his divine interventions, decided to defeat Narakasura to restore peace and justice.

In a fierce battle, Krishna vanquished Narakasura, and before his demise, the demon realized the error of his ways. He requested a boon from Krishna to allow a celebration of his death, expressing his desire for the people to rejoice on this day.

Krishna granted Narakasura’s wish, and on the day of Narak Chaturdashi, people light lamps and celebrate the victory of good over evil. This day is now known as Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdashi, observed a day before the main Diwali celebration.

These stories convey the underlying theme of Diwali – the triumph of righteousness, the victory of light over darkness, and the importance of compassion and virtue in our lives.

Facts About Diwali 2024

  1. Festival of Lights: Diwali is often referred to as the “Festival of Lights” because of the tradition of lighting oil lamps, candles, and decorative lights, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.
  2. Religious Significance: Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, each community observing the festival for different reasons. Hindus commemorate Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya, Jains celebrate Lord Mahavira’s attainment of nirvana, and Sikhs mark the release of Guru Hargobind Ji from imprisonment.
  3. Five Days of Celebration: Diwali is a five-day festival, with each day having its own significance. The main day of Diwali falls on the third day, known as Amavasya or the new moon night.
  4. Colorful Rangoli: Homes are decorated with vibrant rangoli designs during Diwali. Rangoli is created using colored powders, rice, or flower petals, and it adds to the festive atmosphere.
  5. Lakshmi Puja: On the main day of Diwali, people worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, seeking her blessings for a prosperous year ahead.
  6. Crackers and Fireworks: The tradition of bursting crackers and fireworks during Diwali is a way to symbolize the victory of good over evil and to drive away evil spirits. However, there is a growing awareness about the environmental impact of fireworks.
  7. Exchanging Gifts: Diwali is a time for giving and receiving gifts. Families exchange sweets, dry fruits, and other presents as a gesture of love and goodwill.
  8. Special Diwali Cuisine: Families prepare special festive foods during Diwali, including sweets like ladoos, barfis, and traditional dishes like puris and various curries.
  9. Cleaning and Decorating Homes: It is a tradition to clean and decorate homes before Diwali, signifying the arrival of prosperity and the removal of negativity.
  10. Dhanteras: Diwali festivities often begin with Dhanteras, a day dedicated to worshipping wealth and prosperity. People buy new utensils or jewelry on this day as a symbol of good luck and fortune.


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