Five days of gaiety
- POSTED ON: 26 Oct, 2019
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- POSTED BY: Veena Prasad and Archana Subramanian
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Deepavali, the festival of lights, begins on the darkest night (first night of the new moon) in the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar and goes on for four days. The first day is Dhanteras. Houses are cleaned preparing for the visit of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Narkachaturdashi or Choti Deepavali is the second day. In parts of south India, it is the main day of the festival. The moonless night is lit up with diyas.
On the evening of the third day (Badi Deepavali) there are firecrackers and people visit each other. Everyone wears new clothes and distributes sweets. Balipadyami is the fourth day and the first day of the new year in the Hindu calendar. A day of feasting with special dishes, more sweets and snacks and every conceivable treat. Bhai Bij is the last day and it celebrates sibling love.
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