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DIWALI

When is Diwali in 2021?

Diwali in 2021 is on the Thursday, 4th of Nov (11/04/2021).

Diwali is on the 308th day of 2021. There are 57 days left in the year.

Diwali Facts

  • Date: Nov 04, 2021
  • Religious(Religious)
  • Also Called: Deepavali
  • Celebrations: Fireworks, Decorating homes and temples with diyas, exchanging gifts and sweets
Diwali

Diwali is a major festival of India. It is celebrated on a new moon night sometime in the months of October and November. The exact day of the festival is decided according to the Hindu calendar. The day is primarily celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama from his 14 years of exile. However, there are various other stories associated with the festival.

According to popular legend, when Lord Rama returned from his 14 years of exile after defeating Raavana, the people of Ayodhya lighted candles and diya to celebrate his return to the kingdom. The festival gets its name from the lines of diya that were celebrated the return of Lord Rama, and hence the name Deepavali, literally translating to "lines of light." The name has gotten convoluted to Diwali over the years. This day symbolizes the victory of light over dark.

According to other legend, Pandavas from the Mahabharata returned to their homeland after 13 years and the day is celebrated to commemorate their return. The Sikhs celebrate this day to mark the day of freedom or the day when their Guru, Guru Hargobind got free from the jail. The Jains celebrate this day as they believe that Lord Mahavira attained enlightenment on this day. There are still other theories associated with Diwali such as the rising of Goddess Lakshmi from the sea, the killing of Narkasura by Lord Vishnu and birth of Goddess Kali.

The event is largely celebrated in India. Indians celebrate this day as the start of the new business year. People light up their homes 2-3 days prior to the festival and gifts are exchanged between friends and families. On the night of the festival, prayers are offered to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi which is followed by bursting of fire crackers eating of sweets and other gourmet food. However, people refrain from meat and alcohol on this day. Of late, a lot of clubs have started organizing special parties on Diwali for the young generation.

Although Diwali is largely an Indian festival, it is widely celebrated in other countries as well such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, Maurititus and Fiji. In fact, Diwali is a national holiday in each of these countries.

Diwali Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Tue
  • Oct 28, 2008
  • Sat
  • Oct 17, 2009
  • Fri
  • Nov 05, 2010
  • Wed
  • Oct 26, 2011
  • Tue
  • Nov 13, 2012
  • Sun
  • Nov 03, 2013
  • Thu
  • Oct 23, 2014
  • Wed
  • Nov 11, 2015
  • Sun
  • Oct 30, 2016
  • Thu
  • Oct 19, 2017
  • Wed
  • Nov 07, 2018
  • Sun
  • Oct 27, 2019
  • Sat
  • Nov 14, 2020
  • Thu
  • Nov 04, 2021

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2021

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
FridayFriJan 01, 2021Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuJan 14, 2021Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
TuesdayTueJan 26, 2021Jan 26Republic Day
ThursdayThuMar 11, 2021Mar 11Maha Shivaratri
MondayMonMar 29, 2021Mar 29Holi
FridayFriApr 02, 2021Apr 02Good Friday
TuesdayTueApr 13, 2021Apr 13Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
WednesdayWedApr 21, 2021Apr 21Ram Navami
SundaySunApr 25, 2021Apr 25Mahavir Jayanti
SaturdaySatMay 01, 2021May 01Labour Day
ThursdayThuMay 13, 2021May 13Eid-ul-Fitar
WednesdayWedMay 26, 2021May 26Budhha Purnima
MondayMonJul 12, 2021Jul 12Rath Yatra
TuesdayTueJul 20, 2021Jul 20Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
TuesdayTueAug 10, 2021Aug 10Muharram
SundaySunAug 15, 2021Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 21, 2021Aug 21Onam
SundaySunAug 22, 2021Aug 22Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 30, 2021Aug 30Janmashtami
FridayFriSep 10, 2021Sep 10Vinayaka Chaturthi
SaturdaySatOct 02, 2021Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 15, 2021Oct 15Dussehra / Dasara
ThursdayThuNov 04, 2021Nov 04Diwali / Deepavali
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 19, 2021Nov 19Guru Nanak's Birthday
SaturdaySatDec 25, 2021Dec 25Christmas