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Diwali 2024

By LauraUpdated Apr. 22, 2021

Diwali 2024 (Deepavali 2024) is on Friday, November 1st in India.

Diwali's date is determined by the India calendar and changes every year, ranging from October to November. It is observed on the 15th day of the 8th month (the month of Kartik) in India's calendar. The day is an Amavasya or 'new moon day'. Amavasya Tithi (the period when the moon opposes the sun's light by up to 12°) is from 03:52pm on October 31st to 06:16pm November 1st in 2024.

The Goddess Lakshmi (the god of wealth) is mainly worshiped during Diwali Puja for happiness, prosperity, and fame. For Diwali 2024, the Lakshmi Puja Muhurat (best time to worship Lakshmi) is the 1 hour 31 minutes from 06:56pm to 08:27pm on October 31st.

Diwali is derived from Sanskrit word Deepavali meaning 'Line of Lamps'. It is one of the most important festivals in India, marking a new year, and often compared to Christmas in the West.

The celebrations of Diwali 2023 last for 5 days.

  • Diwali Day 1: October 29th, 2024 Trayodashi - Dhanteras
  • Diwali Day 2: October 31st, 2024 Chaturdashi - Choti Diwali
  • Diwali Day 3: November 1st, 2024 Amavasya - Diwali
  • Diwali Day 4: November 2nd, 2024 Pratipada - Padwa
  • Diwali Day 5: November 3rd, 2024 Dwitiya - Bhai Duj

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Diwali 2024 Calendar of 5-Day Celebrations (2024 में दिवाली कब है)

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Diwali celebrations take place over 5 days with each day typically having different rituals and traditions. Below we have listed all the days of Diwali along with their calendar dates and a short description of what happens on each day:

Day 1 — Dhanteras: October 29th, 2024 (Tuesday) Trayodashi

This is the first day of the festival when people clean their homes and prepare for the events ahead. This is also a busy shopping day, when it is considered lucky to go to markets and buy gold or new kitchen items.

Day 2 — Choti Diwali: October 31st, 2024 (Thursday) Chaturdashi

The second day is when people start decorating their homes. Many families will put up string lights and start creating their rangoli, which are intricate designs placed on the floors of homes.

Diwali 2021 Indians decorate home with string lights during Diwali

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Day 3 — Diwali and Lakshmi Puja: November 1st, 2024 (Friday) Amavasya

The most important part of the celebration is the ritual that takes place on this day.

Clay oil lamps or diyas are lit and rituals worshipping the goddess Lakshmi are performed. The most auspicious time for worship (Puja) is from 05:40pm to 07:36pm. The worshipping can be done at temples or at home by placing a red cloth on the puja chowki ('worship table'), putting the idol on it, and then offering flowers, fruits (water chestnuts, pomegranate, quince, and coconut) and sweets (notably kesari bhaat — semolina pudding with saffron, nuts, and sugar) to Goddess Lakshmi, then prostrating in front of the idol and joining your palms for prayers.

On the day of Diwali, families get together to exchange gifts and have a large meal. Many people wear their nicest clothes on this day and say "Happy Diwali" to each other.

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Day 4 — Padwa: November 2nd, 2024 (Saturday) Pratipada

The fourth day of celebrations is dedicated to the love between husband and wife, and men will often buy gifts for their wives. Many businesses open new accounts on this day as it is considered auspicious.

Day 5 — Bhai Duj: November 3rd, 2024 (Sunday) Dwitiya

Bhai Duj (Bhaubeej), the last day of celebrations is dedicated to brothers and sisters. To celebrate their bond, sisters perform a special ceremony for their brothers for their protection. Brothers give presents to their sisters.

What are Diwali Dates from 2024 to 2030?

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The date of this festival is based on the lunar calendar and therefore changes every year, but it usually falls in November or late October. Here are all the dates of the Festival of Lights in India from 2024 to 2030.

The dates included in the table are for the main day of celebrations. Diwali is also celebrated for two days before and two days after this date.

Festival Diwali Date
Diwali 2024 November 1, Friday
Diwali 2025 October 21, Tuesday
Diwali 2026 November 8, Sunday
Diwali 2027 October 29, Friday
Diwali 2028 October 17, Tuesday
Diwali 2029 November 5, Monday
Diwali 2030 October 26, Saturday

Is Diwali/Deepavali a Public Holiday?

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Diwali is a public holiday for the general population of India and almost the entire country has the main day off. Depending on the region the official public holiday may take place on different days, but most Indians take off the entire week to be with their families as preparations for the holiday can start weeks in advance with Diwali fair and markets opening up to sell decorations and sweets.

Most banks and businesses will be closed on Diwali. You can also expect most restaurants and shops to be closed or have reduced hours throughout the week. Public transportation should still be running as many Indians use it to travel to their family homes, but you should always check with your hotel or guide to make sure.

Diwali is not really celebrated in the South Indian state of Kerala, and although there is a public holiday for the event you can expect some shops and restaurants to remain open.

Diwali Celebration Date in Different Regions of India

Though some themes of Diwali are universal, such as the triumph of good over evil and darkness paving the way for light, Diwali is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, each community celebrating Diwali for different reasons.

Each state is very different from its neighbors and likely has its own unique culture and language. Here are some of the multiple ways of celebrating this festival in different regions of India.

Festivals Region 2024 Date Description
Deepavali South India November 1st Deepavali in Tamil Nadu includes Ayurvedic medicine and rituals to appease the ancestors.
Naraka Chaturdashi Goa and West India October 31st (usually the day before Diwali) In Goa, people believe that Diwali celebrates the defeat of the evil demon Narakasura by Durga and Krishna. To celebrate they burn large effigies of the demon and parade through the streets.
Dev Diwali Varanasi November 15th Dev Diwali a celebration unique to Varanasi's that takes place 15 days after Diwali. At this time, the gods are believed to gather at the Ganges in Varanasi and to celebrate the city lights clay lanterns, decorates, and sets of fireworks.
Kali Puja West Bengal, Orissa, and Assam October 31st While most of the country celebrates Lakshmi, West Bengal and other east Indian states worship Kali, the goddess of destruction. During Kali Puja, large statues of the fearsome goddess are erected around the city and she is given offerings and worshipped.
Jain Diwali All over India, but some of the best places include Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat November 1st While Diwali is mainly a Hindu holiday, it is also celebrated by Jains. Jains believe that Diwali is the day that Lord Mahavir achieved Nirvana and freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth.
Bandi Chhor Divas Punjab November 1st Diwali is also celebrated by Sikhs in India. For Sikhs, this holiday commemorates the day when the 6th guru, Guru Hargobind was released from unjust imprisonment. To take in the beauty of the Sikh celebrations, head to the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

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