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Diwali 2019 – Holiday in India

October 13, 2019 0 Comment


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated across India with great pomp and enthusiasm. It is referred to as the Festival of Lights. It is usually celebrated for a period of five days. Diwali represents the victory of light over darkness, i.e., hope over despair. This page contains all the information you would need on Diwali 2019.

When is Diwali in 2019?

Diwali 2019 date in India calendar is as shown below:

Holiday Date Day
Deepavali Festival 27th October Sunday

Diwali 2020 Date in India

Diwali will be one of the October bank holidays in 2020 and the following years. Here are the Diwali holiday dates for the next two years:

Holiday Date Day
Diwali 2020 14th November Saturday
Diwali 2021 4th November Thursday

Diwali 2019 Celebrations

According to Hindu mythology, Deepavali is the celebration of the wedding of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. It is believed that the Goddess pays a visit to the houses of devotees during Diwali and showers upon them immense wealth and prosperity.

In some of the ancient scriptures, Diwali is also mentioned as the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravan. The people of Ayodhya had illuminated the kingdom with diyas to welcome him.

During Diwali celebrations in India, families and friends get together and light lamps/diyas or lanterns outside their houses. Activities like exchange of gifts, games, and lighting crackers are common.

Crackers for Diwali 2019

Lighting firecrackers is a prominent ritual throughout India during Diwali. The skies light up in a myriad of colours while the sounds of crackers usher in the joy of the festival. Some households even compete with neighbours in putting up the best show of fireworks in the vicinity.

Although fireworks are a treat to the eyes, it is widely known that these are not really good for health. The aluminium in crackers cause skin infections and toxic gases emitted from lighting crackers can cause respiratory problems. Environmentalists have been trying to establish the fact that people should strictly say no to crackers. Off late, the government has launched eco friendly crackers to mitigate the concerns over air pollution.

The government announced that the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed various types of green crackers so that the celebrations do not contribute to pollution. These green crackers will have 30% less emissions, unlike the conventional firecrackers. Buyers can look for a green logo and a QR coding system to differentiate these crackers from the rest.

Diwali Lantern and Lamp

Lamps or diyas have adorned houses during Diwali for years. Recently, there has been increased interest in decorating houses with lanterns instead of diyas. Lanterns of various shapes and colours are available in the market today.

People have also taken to creating their own lanterns to add a personal touch to the decorations. Lantern making videos and tutorials are available in plenty online and Deepavali is a time when these videos are watched and ideas implemented. Painting diyas is also a popular activity, and is usually done in schools during this time.

Bank Holidays in October 2019

Diwali is a widely celebrated bank holiday in Oct 2019. The other holidays that fall in the same month are as follows:

Holiday Date Day
Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October Wednesday
Ayudha Puja 7th October Monday
Dussehra 8th October Tuesday
Maharshi Valmiki Jayanti 13th October Sunday
Lakshmi Puja 13th October Sunday
Kali Puja 27th October Sunday

Diwali Gift Ideas

Gifting is popular during Diwali. Here are some ideas for gifting during the festive season:

  • Kitchen utensils or crockery
  • Diyas, lanterns, and decorative lights
  • Religious idols
  • Candles
  • Dry fruits and sweets
  • Jewellery
  • Mobile accessories

 

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