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DIWALI

When is Diwali in 2018?

Diwali in 2018 is on the Wednesday, 7th of Nov (11/07/2018).

Diwali is on the 311th day of 2018. There are 54 days left in the year.

Diwali Facts

  • Date: Nov 07, 2018
  • 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 07, 2018
  • Wed
  • Nov 11, 2015
  • Sun
  • Oct 30, 2016
  • Thu
  • Oct 19, 2017

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
SundaySunJan 14, 2018Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
FridayFriJan 26, 2018Jan 26Republic Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 02, 2018Mar 02Holi
SundaySunMar 18, 2018Mar 18Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunMar 25, 2018Mar 25Ram Navami
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 30, 2018Apr 30Budhha Purnima
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
SaturdaySatJun 16, 2018Jun 16Eid-ul-Fitar
SaturdaySatJul 14, 2018Jul 14Rath Yatra
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Independence Day
WednesdayWedAug 22, 2018Aug 22Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatAug 25, 2018Aug 25Onam
SundaySunAug 26, 2018Aug 26Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonSep 03, 2018Sep 03Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 13, 2018Sep 13Vinayaka Chaturthi
FridayFriSep 21, 2018Sep 21Muharram
TuesdayTueOct 02, 2018Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
FridayFriOct 19, 2018Oct 19Dussehra / Dasara
WednesdayWedNov 07, 2018Nov 07Diwali / Deepavali
WednesdayWedNov 21, 2018Nov 21Milad un Nabi
FridayFriNov 23, 2018Nov 23Guru Nanak's Birthday
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas