When is Diwali in 2022: Deewali, also known as Deepawali, is the Hindu festival of lights which is celebrated by Indians all over the globe.
Deepavali, which translates as ‘a row of lights’ is one of the most significant of all Hindu festivals and is celebrated over a period of 5 days. It is observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika and in accordance with the Hindu lunar calendar, this month is considered the holiest.
Diwali 2022: History and significance
Diwali is not only significant because of its massive popularity and brilliant displays of fireworks but also because it symbolises the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil and of knowledge over ignorance.
On this day, diyas, candles and lamps are placed all around the house, to ‘light’ the way to knowledge and victory. Each house is decorated with various assortments of coloured lights and diyas. The entire country is bathed in the soft glow of light and warmth emanating from every household, making it a truly wondrous sight to behold.
The celebration of Dipawali also serves as a cleansing ritual, one that signifies letting go of all of the past year’s worries and troubles and stepping into the light. In the days leading up to Deepavali, families get together to clean, renovate and decorate their respective households and workplaces with rangolis and diyas. Deevali marks the onset of winter and the beginning of all things new, both in nature and humanity.
On this day, celebrants dress themselves their finest, brand new clothing and offer prayers to the various Gods and Goddesses, according to their own familial traditions.
The celebration of Diwali can find its roots in ancient India and it is likely that it began as a significant harvest festival. And as with many Hindu festivals, the origins of Devali differ from region to region, which can be vastly attributed to the culture of stories and legends being passed down through generations through the spoken word.
Some are of the belief that Diwali is the celebration of Goddess Laxmi’s marriage to Lord Vishnu. Some even consider this day as the auspicious occasion of her birthday, as it is a popular belief that she was born in the month of Kartika on a new moon (Amavasya).
Diwali is associated with Ramayana. The festival of Diwali is observed to celebrate the return of Lord Rama to his home, Ayodhya.
Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in the forest.
According to Ramayana, the eldest son of King Dasharatha was sent into exile in a forest for 14 years.
His brother Laxman and wife Sita accompanied him to the forest. It is believed that after defeating Ravana, Lord Ram along with brother Laxman and wife Sita returned to Ayodhya after the completion of their banishment.
The day on which they returned is to date celebrated with the same enthusiasm and auspiciousness.
Diwali is without a doubt one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Diwali, which is also known as the festival of lights, begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhai Dooj.
Diwali is a celebration that unites people. Homes are illuminated with lights and firecrackers.
It is a time when people embrace one another with joy and laughter. The festival is celebrated with an air of friendliness and holds an aura of purity.
The lights of Diwali signify a time to destroy all our dark desires and thoughts, eradicate dark shadows and evils and give us the strength and the zeal to carry on with our goodwill for the rest of the year.
Diwali 2022: Date
As per the Hindu calendar, Diwali 2022 will be observed on October 24, 2022. On this day, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped, which is known as Diwali Puja or Lakshmi Ganesh Pujan.
Last year, in 2021, Diwali was celebrated on November 4.
Diwali in 2022: Time
Amavasya tithi begins at 05:27 PM on October 24, 2022
Amavasya tithi ends at 04:18 PM on October 25, 2022