Diwali celebrations are not limited to a day or two. Just after Dusshera, preparations for Diwali start. In total, there are 5 different festivals that fall close to Diwali. These are:
The word “dhan” means wealth and hence this day holds a prime importance for people related to business. Business premises are decorated and mass arrangements of worship are made.
On the day of Dhanteras, gold and silver jewelry are bought at large scales and there are also purchases of vehicles, utensils and all other precious possessions.
2. Chhoti Diwali:
Also known as Nakra-Chaturdashi, this is known as the day when Lord Krishna killed Narakasura. This day holds a prime importance in the lives of religiously devoted as several customs are related to this day. Taking bath early in the morning, using scents to dress up, applying turmeric for beauty etc. are some popular activities carried out on this day.
This day is the day of Diwali and is celebrated continuously for 24 hours all over the country. Houses are decorated with flowers and rangolis (flower pattern made with colors) are made. Firecrackers are bought and exploded on this day and all the days near it. Crackers symbolize the joy and light of the festival. As this day falls on New Moon, the lighting is done in such a manner that people don’t feel need for the moon all night and just enjoy the festival. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped at different auspicious timings all over the day. Hindu calendar is strictly followed to take out the timings of the day.
4. Post Diwali Events:
Padwa and BhaiDooj are the most popular days post Diwali, respectively. On the day of Padwa, people bath the idols of deities and offer them sweets and various foods. The next day is of BhaiDooj when sisters and brothers meet to strengthen the bond of love.