Why Diwali (Deepwali) is Called Festival of Lights | Diwali Calendar 2021

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Why Diwali (Deepwali) is Called Festival of Lights | Diwali Calendar 2021

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  • 1 Why Diwali (Deepawali) is Called Festival of Lights?
  • 2 Why is Diwali / Deepawali 2021 is Celebrated in India?
  • 3 Diwali Calendar 2021?

Why Diwali (Deepawali) is Called Festival of Lights?

Diwali (also called Deepawali) is among the major festivals celebrated in the diverse and secular country of India where many religions and sects live together united. It is a festival of the people of the Hindu religion. But when it comes to celebrating the festival, it is celebrated together likewise by the people of all other religions too in the form of bursting firecrackers, rangoli making, making sweets, etc. Diwali is also called the ‘Festival of Lights. It is a festival where all the Indians unite to celebrate the festival together with lots of enjoyment and enthusiasm. This is the time of the year when unity in diversity is at its best. This year, Diwali 2021 will be falling on the “Diwali”: Nov. 4, 2021, which happens to be a Wednesday.

The main motto of the people of the Hindu religion for celebrating this festival is because this was the day when Ram came to his people at Ayodhya about a month after defeating Raavan. As he was their king, the people suggested that this moment of his win over Raavan should be celebrated grandly. So, they enjoyed the moment of pride with lots of joy, enthusiasm, and happiness. Since then, this day is celebrated as a moment of joy by the Hindus in the name of Diwali. However, the day when he actually defeated Raavan is celebrated as ‘Dussehra’ about a month before Diwali.

Why Diwali (Deepwali) is Called Festival of Lights | Diwali Calendar 2021
Why Diwali (Deepwali) is Called Festival of Lights | Diwali Calendar 2021


Why is Diwali / Deepawali 2021 is Celebrated in India?

This festival is also celebrated due to the belief among the Hindus that the Goddess Laxmi blesses them on this day. Goddess Laxmi is also called the ‘Goddess of Wealth’ who bestows the devotees with wealth. As a result, the Laxmi Pooja is performed at the homes of the devotees. Before performing this Laxmi Pooja, the devotees clean their homes and surroundings to bring the Goddess of Wealth to their homes. They decorate the entrances of their houses with colorful rangoli decorations and lightings. They also light lanterns and other beautiful lightings to enlighten their surroundings. This all is done so that the Goddess of Wealth may come to their home, bless them and they may be bestowed with enormous wealth in this world.

The feast of this festival includes various varieties of vegetarian food, different kinds of sweets, etc…The devotees don’t eat non-vegetarian food on this day as it is considered a sin. The food and sweets prepared at home are distributed whole-heartedly among neighbors and friends within one’s circle. Many people go out on a vacation or picnic with their family and friends on the occasion of the festival. Many go for movies which release on this occasion and celebrate the festival. The family members also celebrate by going to each other’s houses and having a chat and distributing sweets and gifts.

Thus, the main celebration of the festival wholly depends on the firecrackers. All the family members along with their children burst different types of firecrackers near their houses, lawns, or streets. Small children burst various types of crackers under the proper supervision of the elders. In the terraces of buildings or any other open spaces, people fire rockets into the sky. These rockets go high above the sky and burst with different colors making it pleasant for everyone to watch. These moments are the high moments of the festival where all the family members come and enjoy together with joy and enthusiasm.


Diwali Calendar 2021

  1. Diwali 2021 Day 1 — Dhanteras: Nov. 2, 2021 (Tuesday)
  2. Diwali 2021  Day 2 — Choti Diwali: Nov. 3, 2021 (Wednesday)
  3. Diwali 2021 Day 3 — “Diwali”: Nov. 4, 2021 (Thursday) 
  4. Diwali 2021 Day 4 — Padwa: Nov. 5, 2021 (Friday)
  5. Diwali 2021 Day 5 — Bhai Duj: Nov. 6, 2021 (Saturday)

Deepawali Day 1

1st
November 2021
Monday / सोमवार
Gowatsa Dwadashi
1
Ekadashi
Panchang for Govatsa Dwadashi Day

Deepawali Day 2

2nd
November 2021
Tuesday / मंगलवार
Dhanteras Lakshmi Kuber
2
Dwadashi
Panchang for Dhantrayodashi Day

Deepawali Day 3

3rd
November 2021
Wednesday / बुधवार
Girl Lightening Diwali Deepak
3
Trayodashi
Panchang for Kali Chaudas Day

Deepawali Day 4

4th
November 2021
Thursday / गुरूवार
Diwali Lakshmi Ganesha
4
Amavasya
Panchang for Narak Chaturdashi Day

Deepawali Day 5

5th
November 2021
Friday / शुक्रवार
Govardhan Puja
5
Pratipada
Panchang for Govardhan Puja Day

Deepawali Day 6

6th
November 2021
Saturday / शनिवार
Bhaiya Dooj
6
Dwitiya
Panchang for Bhaiya Dooj Day

So, during this New Year of 2021, we will be welcoming the ‘Festival of Lights in the coming month of November with great happiness and love. To be more precise, it would be celebrated on a Wednesday, the 7th of November, 2021 which may make some office-goers take an extra day's leave at the workplace. So, let’s all gear up for the occasion and be well-prepared to enjoy this Diwali to the fullest. Let this Diwali bring better, happier, and joyful moments than the earlier one. Let’s hope this Diwali brings happiness, wealth, good health, and peace to each and every family member and friend. Wish you all a Happy and prosperous Diwali well in advance!

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