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Diwali 2021

Diwali 2021 dates and how to celebrate ▷ Tuko.co.ke

Diwali, Dipavali or Deepavali is one of the most awaited festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is a festival of lights and is associated with the legend of Lord Ram, which is symbolic of victory, righteousness and the alleviation of spiritual darkness. The celebrations are always symbolized by cleaning houses, workplaces, and other places where people stay and then decorated with Rangolis, flowers, and lamps. Diwali 2021 will be celebrated on Sunday 27, 2021 and is expected to be better and luminous than before.

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Diwali 2021 is a five-day celebration that will kick off from 27th October 2021. The first event Dhanteras will be on the first day. On the 28th of October, Chhoti Diwali also referred to as Narak Chanturdasi will take place. The main festival, Diwali, will be celebrated on the 29th of October, 2021. On the fourth day, 30th October, Govardhan Puja will be celebrated, and the final day, 29th October will be Bhai Dooj. By the end of the fifth day, there will be at least one million people around the world who will have celebrated the festival which originated from India thousands of years ago.

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Diwali 2021

What are the Diwali dates in Kenya? Well, just like other holidays that are non-western, the festival dates are determined according to the Hindu calendar as opposed to the Gregorian calendar. Hindu calendar runs on the lunar cycle and will commence on the 25th of October 2021.

Based on the Hindu calendar, Diwali festival falls in the month of Kartik during the dark moon, which ideally falls under October and November. Due to its reliance on the solar cycle, the Gregorian calendar places the start date of the event on the 27th of October 2021. Further, the lack of synchronization between the Hindu and the Gregorian calendars, next year’s event will kick-off on 14th November, and later in 2021.

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How long will the festival last?

The religious holiday will last for five days, with each day having a specific event going down. Each day has its meaning and bears symbolic activities that are associated with the celebration. Therefore, people will start observing the main festivals from the first day, but the main ceremony will not be until 30th October 2021.

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What events happen every day of the festival?

Every day of the festival comes with its activities. Here are all the days of the festival and what you need to know:

Day one

Conventionally, the first day is dedicated to prosperity, also known as Shanteras. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the Churning Ocean, bearing a special ritual that will steer people to gamble and buy gold.

Day two

Known as the Naraka Chaturdashi, the second day represents the day when Lord Krishna and the Goddess Kali brought to an end the reign of demon Narakasura. In celebration, people will burn effigies the demon.

Day three

On the third day, those celebrating will worship goddess Lakshmi and also take part in dedicated evening rituals towards the goddess.

Day four

This second last day of the festival is about Padwa or Govardhan. It seeks to celebrate the relationship between husband and wife as well as fostering their connection.

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Day five

The final day of the festival is more exciting than all. It is all about celebrating the bond that exists between sisters and brothers.

Foods to eat in the festival

One of the most popular aspects of the five days is Diwali food choices. Here are some of the delicacies that people around the world eat.

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Anarsa – Maharashtra

Anarsa is one of the signature foods in Diwali. It is made up of rice flour and jaggery as a snack. It is usually deep-fried in oil and is spread with poppy seeds on the surface.

Babroo – Himachal Pradesh

It is a snack made from all-purpose flour, sugar and yeast.

Narikol Laru – Assam

Also known as coconut laddoo, Narikol Laru is a dessert. It is made from shredded coconuts, green cardamom powder, sugar and ghee.

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Chhodo Shaak – West Bengal

Made using 14-green leafy vegetables, West Bengal is a savoury dish enjoyed during the Diwali festival. This dish is considered special delicacy made of kali puja that is said to have supernatural powers to ward off any evil spirits during the season.

Shufta – Kashmir

It is one of the most loved dishes eaten during Diwali festivals and is a product of mixed dry fruits. Sugar syrup is added to coat the surface of the meal. Petals and saffron are added on top to enhance the taste of the dish.

Diwali celebration ideas for you

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With Diwali traditions being celebrated every year, there is no better way than incorporating designs and shapes that represent the rich Indian culture.

Diwali is all about the lighting and the room decorations that warm the hearts of those who take part. It is not all about lighting up the room, but also lighting up the hearts of people. Diwali for kids means that they also get to take an active part in the festivals and emerge fulfilled.

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Significance of Diwali 2021

There are different beliefs from diverse groups and religions. It marks the end of a financial year for the business community in India. All businessmen and women gather and perform Lakshmi Puja to goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. It is believed she emerged from the ocean of milk in Diwali and offered prosperity, wealth, and happiness to all people.

Also, people exchange gifts with their families and friends. After that, they gather together for the evening and celebrate the happiness of the occasion. New accounts of books are also opened and sanctified ahead of the upcoming new financial year.

Diwali 2021 is here. People from all walks of life will be celebrating the festival this year with different delicacies and designs. The first day of the festival will come early this year starting from the 27th of October, 2021 and will run for five days. Both adults and kids will be together in this festival and judging from last year’s experiences, it is going to be lit.

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