Diwali around the world in 2021

  How long until Diwali?
  Dates of Diwali around the world
2022 Various Oct 24, Oct 26
FijiMon, Oct 24National Holiday
GuyanaMon, Oct 24National Holiday
India Oct 24, Oct 26
KarnatakaWed, Oct 26Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
GoaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KeralaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
ManipurMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MeghalayaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MizoramMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PuducherryMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TelanganaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KenyaMon, Oct 24National Holiday
Malaysia Oct 24
JohorMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KedahMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
KelantanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Kuala LumpurMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
LabuanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MelakaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
Negeri SembilanMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PahangMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PenangMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PerakMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PerlisMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
PutrajayaMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SabahMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
SelangorMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TerengganuMon, Oct 24Regional Holiday
MauritiusMon, Oct 24National Holiday
MyanmarMon, Oct 24National Holiday
Sri LankaMon, Oct 24National Holiday
SurinameMon, Oct 24National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoMon, Oct 24National Holiday
2021 Various Nov 4, Nov 5
FijiThu, Nov 4National Holiday
GuyanaThu, Nov 4National Holiday
India Nov 4, Nov 5
KarnatakaFri, Nov 5Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Nov 5Regional Holiday
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
KeralaThu, Nov 4Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, 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
PuducherryThu, 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
Malaysia Nov 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
2020 Various Nov 13, Nov 14, Nov 15, Nov 16
FijiMon, Nov 16National Holiday
GuyanaSat, Nov 14National Holiday
India Nov 14, Nov 15, Nov 16
KarnatakaMon, Nov 16Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Nov 16Regional Holiday
ManipurSun, Nov 15Regional Holiday
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
MeghalayaSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
MizoramSat, Nov 14Regional Holiday
NagalandSat, 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
Malaysia Nov 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
Myanmar Nov 13, Nov 14
MyanmarSat, Nov 14National Holiday
MyanmarFri, Nov 13National Holiday (in lieu)
Sri LankaSat, Nov 14National Holiday
SurinameSat, Nov 14National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSat, Nov 14National Holiday
2019 Various Oct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29
FijiMon, Oct 28National Holiday
GuyanaSun, Oct 27National Holiday
India Oct 27, Oct 28, Oct 29
KarnatakaTue, Oct 29Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
ManipurMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
PuducherryMon, Oct 28Regional Holiday
Tamil NaduMon, 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
Malaysia Oct 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
Sri LankaSun, Oct 27National Holiday
SurinameSun, Oct 27National Holiday
Trinidad and TobagoSun, Oct 27National Holiday
2018 Various Nov 5, Nov 6, Nov 7, Nov 8, Nov 9
FijiWed, Nov 7National Holiday
GuyanaTue, Nov 6National Holiday
India Nov 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
Malaysia Nov 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

Celebrations revolve around the triumph of good over evil, purity over impurity, light over darkness

  Which countries observe Diwali in 2021?
  FijiNov 4National Holiday
  GuyanaNov 4National Holiday
  IndiaNov 4, Nov 5Regional Holiday
  KenyaNov 4National Holiday
  MalaysiaNov 4Regional Holiday
  MauritiusNov 4National Holiday
  MyanmarNov 4National Holiday
  Sri LankaNov 4National Holiday
  SurinameNov 4National Holiday
  Trinidad and TobagoNov 4National 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 (the 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 colourful 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 Tirthankara, 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 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.


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 a long 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.


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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