Diwali around the world in 2019

Diwali around the world in 2019
  How long until Diwali?
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  Dates of Diwali around the world
2021VariousNov 4
FijiThu, Nov 4National Holiday
GuyanaThu, Nov 4National Holiday
IndiaNov 4
Andhra PradeshThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
AssamThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
GoaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KeralaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
ManipurThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MeghalayaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
NagalandThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KenyaThu, Nov 4National Holiday
MalaysiaNov 4
JohorThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KedahThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
KelantanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
LabuanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MelakaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PahangThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PenangThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PerakThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PerlisThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
PutrajayaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
SabahThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
SelangorThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
TerengganuThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
MauritiusThu, Nov 4National Holiday
MyanmarThu, Nov 4National Holiday
Sri LankaThu, Nov 4National Holiday
SurinameThu, Nov 4National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoThu, Nov 4National Holiday
2020VariousNov 14
FijiSat, Nov 14National Holiday
GuyanaSat, Nov 14National Holiday
IndiaNov 14
Andhra PradeshSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
AssamSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
BiharSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
DelhiSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
GoaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
GujaratSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
HaryanaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
JharkhandSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
KeralaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
ManipurSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MizoramSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
NagalandSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
OdishaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PuducherrySat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PunjabSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
RajasthanSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
SikkimSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
TelanganaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
TripuraSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
KenyaSat, Nov 14National Holiday
MalaysiaNov 14
JohorSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
KedahSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
KelantanSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
LabuanSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MelakaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PahangSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PenangSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PerakSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PerlisSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
SabahSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
SelangorSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
TerengganuSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MauritiusSat, Nov 14National Holiday
MyanmarSat, Nov 14National Holiday
Sri LankaSat, Nov 14National Holiday
SurinameSat, Nov 14National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSat, Nov 14National Holiday
2019VariousOct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29
FijiMon, Oct 28National Holiday
GuyanaSun, Oct 27National Holiday
IndiaOct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29
KarnatakaTue, Oct 29Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
ManipurMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
AssamSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
BiharSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
ChandigarhSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
DelhiSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
GoaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
GujaratSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
HaryanaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
KeralaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
MaharashtraSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
MeghalayaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
MizoramSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
NagalandSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PunjabSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
TelanganaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
KenyaSun, Oct 27National Holiday
MalaysiaOct 27
JohorSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
KedahSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
KelantanSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
LabuanSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
MelakaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PahangSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PenangSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PerakSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PerlisSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
PutrajayaSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
SabahSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
SelangorSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
TerengganuSun, Oct 27Regional Holiday
MauritiusSun, Oct 27National Holiday
MyanmarSun, Oct 27National Holiday
Sri LankaSun, Oct 27National Holiday
SurinameSun, Oct 27National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Oct 27National Holiday
2018VariousNov 5, Nov 6, Nov 7, Nov 8, Nov 9
FijiWed, Nov 7National Holiday
GuyanaTue, Nov 6National Holiday
IndiaNov 5, Nov 6, Nov 7, Nov 8, Nov 9
RajasthanFri, Nov 9Regional Holiday
KarnatakaThu, Nov 8Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Nov 8Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Nov 8Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
BiharWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
ChandigarhWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
DelhiWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
GujaratWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
HaryanaWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
JharkhandWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
MaharashtraWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
ManipurWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
MeghalayaWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
MizoramWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
NagalandWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
OdishaWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
PuducherryWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
PunjabWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
RajasthanWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
SikkimWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
UttarakhandWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
AssamTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
GoaTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
KarnatakaTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
KeralaTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PuducherryMon, Nov 5Government Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Nov 5Government Holiday
MalaysiaNov 6
JohorTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
KedahTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
KelantanTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
LabuanTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
MelakaTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PahangTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PenangTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PerakTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PerlisTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
PutrajayaTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
SabahTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
SelangorTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
TerengganuTue, Nov 6Regional Holiday
MauritiusWed, Nov 7National Holiday
PakistanWed, Nov 7Regional Holiday
Sri LankaTue, Nov 6National Holiday
SurinameWed, Nov 7National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoTue, Nov 6National Holiday
2017VariousOct 18, Oct 19, Oct 20
FijiThu, Oct 19National Holiday
IndiaOct 18, Oct 19, Oct 20
KarnatakaFri, Oct 20Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Oct 20Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
AssamThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
BiharThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
GoaThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
KeralaThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
ManipurThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MeghalayaThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
NagalandThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
KarnatakaWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PuducherryWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
MalaysiaOct 18
JohorWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
KedahWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
KelantanWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
MelakaWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PahangWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PenangWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PerakWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PerlisWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
PutrajayaWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
SabahWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
SelangorWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
TerengganuWed, Oct 18Regional Holiday
MauritiusThu, Oct 19National Holiday
PakistanThu, Oct 19Regional Holiday
Sri LankaWed, Oct 18National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoThu, Oct 19National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness
  Which countries observe Diwali in 2019?
Fiji  FijiOct 28National Holiday
Guyana  GuyanaOct 27National Holiday
India  IndiaOct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29Regional Holiday
Kenya  KenyaOct 27National Holiday
Malaysia  MalaysiaOct 27Regional Holiday
Mauritius  MauritiusOct 27National Holiday
Myanmar  MyanmarOct 27National Holiday
Sri Lanka  Sri LankaOct 27National Holiday
Suriname  SurinameOct 27National Holiday
Trinidad and Tobago  Trinidad and TobagoOct 27National Holiday

When is Diwali?

The Festival of Lights is known as Deepavali (deep - lamp, vali - array). This is the name of the festival in Southern India and is how the festival is referred to in other Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. In Northern India, it is more commonly known as Diwali, but they are essentially the same celebration.

In these countries and for Hindus around the world, the celebration revolves around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals.

Traditions of Diwali

Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, who was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, from a fourteen year exile.

The Festival of Lights takes place on the darkest night (first night of the new moon) in the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar.

Across India streets and temples are decorated with spectacular light displays and colorful garlands.

In their homes, people light small oil lamps called diyas. It is believed that deceased relatives come back to visit their families on Earth during this festival and the lights are a way to guide the spirits home. The sound of firecrackers exploding is common as the noise is said to drive away evil spirits.

Over 70% of all firecrackers used during Diwali come from the town of Sivaski in Tamil Nadu.

Families, friends and business associates exchange gifts and sweets, settle old business deals and are encouraged to rid themselves of hate, anger and jealousy.

The festival is a time for rejoicing and renewal.

Diwali holds significance not only in Hinduism but also in Sikhism who celebrate the release of their sixth Guru (literal translation: teacher) Hargobind. To Sikhs, it is known as Bandi Chhor Divas. The Jains celebrate it as the day when Lord Mahaveer, the last trithankara, attained Nirvana or Moksha.

The Five Days of Diwali

Diwali is a five day festival that straddles the new moon. Though widely celebrated across all of India, the days may have different names and have additional meanings in some parts of India, there is enough commonality to briefly describe each of the days:

Dhanteras

Dhanteras marks the beginning of the five day festivities of Diwali.  On this day, it is customary for people to clean their houses, so they are ready to welcome in Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, whose Puja is performed in the evening. This is an auspicious day and a lucky day for buying expensive goods, though it is also a day to consider charity for those less well off. Small clay lamps, called diyas are lit to drive away the shadows of evil spirits.

Naraka Chaturdashi

According to Hindu tradition, the demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna on the second day. Marking the coming end of the year in some regions of India, customs on this day are about cleaning the slate before the start of a new year and getting rid of anything bad. People get up early and wash and put on clean or new clothes. In parts of Southern India, this day is celebrated as the main day of Deepavali.

Diwali

The third day is celebrated on the new moon in Kartik. In most parts of India, this is the most important day of the festival and is the last day of the year in many regions of India. On this day, Lord Rama rescued his wife, Sita, from the demon Ravana and returned home after along exile. Candles are lit to celebrate his victory, and to light his way home after the battle. In the evening, it may seem like the whole of India is lit by explosions as people set off many fireworks.

Balipadyami

The fourth day of Diwali is also the first day of the new year in the Vikram Samvat calendar and may also be known as Pratipada, Govardhan Puja or Annakut. Annakut means 'mountain of food', which is a giveaway that today is all about feasting. Tradition has it that on this day, Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to give shelter from torrential rains to local villagers. Today, Hindus prepare a great deal of food and take it to the temples to celebrate the beginning of the new year and give thanks to Krishna for his benevolence.

Bhai Bij

This is the fifth and last day of Diwali festival. This day celebrates the relationship between brother and sister. Read more about Bhai Bij.

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