Diwali, one of India’s biggest festivals, isn’t just one day of celebration - it’s five

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Diwali, India’s most iconic festival isn’t a one day traditional festival of lights, but a series of festivities with Dhanteras marking the beginning and wrapping up with Bhai Dooj, the festival that marks the unconditional love shared between brothers and sisters.

Whether you call it Diwali or Deepavali, at the end of day it’s ‘the festival of lights’. And, like the best stories, it signifies the victory of good over evil, or in this case, of light over darkness.

The unique thing about Diwali is that it’s not only celebrated in India but all over the world and everyone wants their Diwali to be as authentic an experience as possible. Doesn’t matter whether that means doubling up on the sweets, putting up sparkling lights or designing intricate rangolis outside their doors.

So here are the five days of festivities that mark Diwali for all those celebrating it across the world:
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Dhanteras

Dhanteras

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The official start to the festive week is Dhanteras, a day exclusively dedicated to the worship of goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth). People all around the world mark this occasion by buying gold ornaments and silver utensils. They believe that it will bring good luck and prosperity to the family in the coming year.

Narak Chaturdashi

Narak Chaturdashi

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The second day of the festivities is the Narak Chaturdashi often called as Choti Diwali, marking triumph of Lord Krishna ( Purna Avatara) over the devil, Narkasur. To the people in the southern states of the country, this occasion of Choti Diwali is the main festive day for Diwali celebrations celebrating the victory of Lord Krishna.

Lakshmi Puja

Lakshmi Puja

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Lakshmi Puja is considered to be the main day of Diwali adoring Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha. The night marks the return of Lord Rama ( seventh avatar of Vishnu) from the exile. The day enveloped in festive vibes, fascinating decorations and glittering lights.

Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja

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Also named as Vishwakarma Day, the post Diwali celebration of Govardhan Puja is linked to celebrating and worshiping the arms and machinery. All businesses thus remain closed on this day. Also, the Hindu Calendar marks this day as a New Year’s Day which is followed all over the western states.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj

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Towards the end of Diwali festivities is Bhai Teeka. According to Hindu Mythology, the God of Death, Yamraj, went to visit his sister on this day. It’s a festival celebrating the bond of brothers and sisters wherein brothers visit their sisters who, in turn, make sweets in their honour to wish them a long, happy and prosperous life.

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