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November 3, 2013
Name comes from Sanskrit word 'Deepavali" which means
"ROW OF LIGHTS"
Lord Rama came back to Ayodhaya with Mata Sita & younger brother Laxman
After 14 years of exile
People lit the way with DIYAS
Five day Festival
Indian business communities begin their financial year
Also called Choti Diwali
People worships Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi & Sarasvati
Kartika Shudda Padyami
Also called Yama Dvitiya
Between September & October
Comes in the Krishna Paksha means "dark fortnight"
Between October & November
Comes in Shukla Paksha means "Bright fortnight".
Significance of the Festival
Lord Rama returned to Ayodhaya after 14 years of Vanvas.
In Dwapara Yuga Lord Krishna's wife Satyabhama killed asura Narakasura.
Pandavas returned to Hastinapur on this day after 12 years of exile.
Lord Mahavira attained Moksha or Nirvana on this day.
On this day Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji freed from imprisonment of Emperor Jahangir.
Countries which celebrate Diwali
4. Sri Lanka
9. Trinidad & Tobago
Diwali is a National Holiday in India
Before Diwali people clean their house
Buy new clothes
Buy decorative items, sweets etc
Decoration of homes with lights & candles
Relatives & friends distribute gifts & sweets among each other
Worship Goddess Lakshmi
People believe that 'Lakshmi-Pachayatan' enters the universe on Diwali.
Carries the wealth
New financial year starts with Diwali.