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DIWALI

When is Diwali in 2019?

Diwali in 2019 is on the Sunday, 27th of Oct (10/27/2019).

Diwali is on the 300th day of 2019. There are 65 days left in the year.

Diwali Facts

  • Date: Oct 27, 2019
  • 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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 14, 2019Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
SaturdaySatJan 26, 2019Jan 26Republic Day
MondayMonMar 04, 2019Mar 04Maha Shivaratri
ThursdayThuMar 21, 2019Mar 21Holi
SaturdaySatApr 06, 2019Apr 06Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SaturdaySatApr 13, 2019Apr 13Ram Navami
WednesdayWedApr 17, 2019Apr 17Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatMay 18, 2019May 18Budhha Purnima
WednesdayWedJun 05, 2019Jun 05Eid-ul-Fitar
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2019Jul 04Rath Yatra
MondayMonAug 12, 2019Aug 12Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Raksha Bandhan
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Independence Day
SaturdaySatAug 24, 2019Aug 24Janmashtami
MondayMonSep 02, 2019Sep 02Vinayaka Chaturthi
TuesdayTueSep 10, 2019Sep 10Muharram
WednesdayWedSep 11, 2019Sep 11Onam
WednesdayWedOct 02, 2019Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
TuesdayTueOct 08, 2019Oct 08Dussehra / Dasara
SundaySunOct 27, 2019Oct 27Diwali / Deepavali
SundaySunNov 10, 2019Nov 10Milad un Nabi
TuesdayTueNov 12, 2019Nov 12Guru Nanak's Birthday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas