This time on the special occasion of Diwali, something that had never happened before is going to happen, something that will amaze the people. After 50 years, this time in 4 days we will celebrate 8 festivals. Another important thing that is happening this time is Choti Diwali and Badi diwali will be celebrated on the same day. As said by Astrologer Dr. Prateek Mishrapuri, in a year only once we celebrate a 5 day festival together. But this time, it is not a five day festival but eight festivals will be celebrated in four days. The schedule of the festivals is as follows:
1. 26 October – Hanuman Jayanti + Dhanteras+ Yam Diya
2. 27 October – Choti Deepawali + Badi Deepawali
3. 28 October – Somvati Amavasya + Govardhan Puja
4. 29 October – Bhai Dooj
1. Hanuman Jayanti – Hanuman Jayanti is one of the most important festivals for “Lord Rama” and “Lord Hanuman” devotee or we can say that for whole Hindu community. It is celebrated twice in year on Kartik Krishna chaturdasi and Chaitra Purnima. At this day, Lord Hanuman devotee does fasting.
2. Dhanteras – The festival of wealth, Dhanteras, is on the horizon. Dhanteras holds special meaning for traders and businessmen who purchase gold, silver or other precious metal on this day. Traditionally, women buy gold, platinum or silver jewellery on this day. At the very least, homemakers purchase new metal utensils of steel, brass and copper for their kitchen. In the evening, you can perform Lakshmi Puja and light diyas. The light of diyas signifies the shadow of ignorance and negativity being overtaken by knowledge and realisation of the Self. In some houses, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Lakshmi are also sung.
3. Yam Diya – This diya is lighted on the day of Dhanteras. After the puja, the four faced Diya is lighted in the evening.
4. Choti Diwali – The day between Dhanteras and Diwali is commemorated as Chhoti Diwali, as it is known to us. Also known as Naraka Chaturdashi and Roop Chaturdashi, people celebrate the day by lighting up their homes as they wait for the main day. Therefore, Chhoti Diwali is celebrated to rejoice the victory of goodness and the defeat of greed.
5. Diwali – One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all across the world. People also light traditional earthen diyas (candles) and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks – patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. During Diwali, families and friends share sweets and gifts and there is also a strong belief in giving food and goods to those in need. It is also traditional for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn at the time of the festival.
6. Somvati Amavasya – On Somvati Amavsaya, people should donate and do Annadann to poor kids. Doing Maun (remaining silent) is considered to be very fruitful on this day. Devotees observing Somvati Vrat must revolve around 108 times around Peepal tree in the morning.
7. Govardhan Puja – Govardhan Pooja is celebrated immediately after Diwali in commemoration of Lord Krishna’s victory over Lord Indira. There are many legends about the history of this festival.
8. Bhai Dooj – Bhaiya Dooj is a most prominent and legendary festival of India when sisters make a pray to God for their dearest brothers to get a long living and prosperous life. Sisters perform puja and tika ceremony as well as gets returns gifts from brothers. It is also called Bhai Phota (in Bengal).
So, the coming weekend is full of festivals from Saturday till Tuesday. According to Dr. Prateek Mishrapuri , because of the changing position of Sun and moon the days of the festivals also keep changing. The celebration of Choti Diwali and Badi Diwali on the same day is itself a big thing this year.