Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights that is celebrated annually across India, especially in northern, western, and eastern India. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali for the year 2020 is observed on 14 November, which falls on a Saturday. The festival is observed on the 15th day of the Kartika month of the Hindu calendar.
Calendar Of Deepavali Holidays 2020
|Deepavali||Saturday, 14 November 2020||Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu|
Deepavali Holidays From 2021 to 2028
|Diwali 2021||Thursday||04 November|
|Diwali 2022||Monday||24 October|
|Diwali 2023||Sunday||12 November|
|Diwali 2024||Friday||01 November|
|Diwali 2025||Tuesday||21 October|
|Diwali 2026||Sunday||08 November|
|Diwali 2027||Friday||29 October|
|Diwali 2028||Tuesday||17 October|
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Significance of Diwali Or Deepavali
During the festival of Diwali, people light up their homes and commercial outlets. Lord Ganesh is worshipped for prosperity and welfare whereas Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wisdom and wealth. The festival usually falls in the months of November or October and is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile. In many parts of the country, the festival is celebrated for five consecutive days. Undoubtedly, it is the most famous Indian festival, which is regarded as a celebration of life. In a few parts of the country, the festival denotes the beginning of the New Year. Deepavali is a five-day festival that goes as mentioned below:
- The first day denotes the arrival of the new financial year for most Indian businesses. The business class worships Goddess Lakshmi for wealth.
- The second day is the day of cleansing. People take oil baths and wear new clothes.
- The third day is the day of the new moon. It is the official day of the Deepavali holiday.
- The fourth day is the Kartika Shudda Padyami.
- The fifth day, the final day of the festival, denotes the love between sisters and brothers.
How is Deepavali/Diwali Celebrated?
As mentioned earlier, the celebration of the festival lasts for up to five days. Houses and shops will be cleaned and decorated with small clay lamps lit with oil or with electric lights. People exchange sweets. Fairs will be organised in many villages and towns. The festival is celebrated on different dates in various regions of the country since traditional lunar calendars may be interpreted in various ways. For instance, in Tamil Nadu, people celebrate Deepavali in Aippasi, a Tamil month.
Public Life during Diwali Holidays 2020
On the festival day, banks, post offices, and government offices will remain closed. Commercial outlets may be closed or have reduced working hours. Transport remains unaffected.
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Symbols of The Festival of Lights
The most important symbols of the festival include electric lights and tiny oil lamps made of clay. They replicate both spiritual and physical elements of light.
Top Five Indian Destinations to Spend Diwali Holidays 2020
If you are planning a trip during Deepavali holidays in 2020, consider the following top five Indian destinations that bring out the best of the festival:
- Jaipur: Jaipur is the most renowned destination to be visited during Diwali holidays every year. The real beauty of Deepavali stems from the warm glow of lamps and lights that decorate homes, shops, and streets. Jaipur, the Pink City, is the best place to experience this. Every year, competitions are organised for decorating the streets of the city.
- Goa: Goa, the smallest Indian state, is famous for Diwali celebrations as well. The focus of celebrations will be on the destruction of the demon Narakasura. In every city and village, competitions are organised to see who can make the largest figurine of the demon. Since gambling is also a famous Diwali activity, you can try your luck at casinos.
- Varanasi: Varanasi is a lovely Indian destination to spend Diwali holidays for the year 2020. Make sure you stay at one of the riverside restaurants in the city of Varanasi to experience the real beauty of the festival. The main highlights of the festival include special Ganga Aarti and earthen lamps.
- Kolkata: While many people worship Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali, the main day of the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Many devotees across the country visit Belur Math, Kalighat, and Dakshineswar, which are the Kali temples in the city.
- Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for shopping during Diwali holidays. Dilli Haat organises a well-known Diwali Bazaar. If you are interested in unique handicrafts, Delhi should be visited to spend during Diwali holidays 2020.
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