Tag: Diwali

Happy Diwali 2016

Diwali is a five day festival in India. It begins with Govatsa Dwadashi, then Dhanteras, followed by Kali Chaudas and Naraka Chaturdashi, and then the night of Diwali itself. Diwali or Deepavali is the Indian festival of lights. “Deepa” means light and “avali” means a continuous line. Diwali occurs just before the Indian New Year.  […]

Dhanteras 2014

The festival of Diwali is actually comprised of five days of rituals in India.  Given the varying time zones and the solar eclipse, there has been some confusion about what is happening and when.  We begin the celebration of Diwali 2014 with the festival of Dhanteras.  According to mypanchang.com, Dhanteras 2014 is on October 20 […]

Navratri Festival 2013

In the Vedic calendar, immediately following Pitru Paksha, the time for honoring our ancestors, comes a much more joyous celebration. Tomorrow (October 5, 2013)  marks the beginning of the month of Ashwina in Vedic astrology and the first of nine nights of the Indian holiday of Navratri (also spelled Navaratri). The prefix nav- means nine and the […]

Diwali 2012

Today is the festival of Diwali 2012  (dee-vaah-lee) or Deepavali (deep-uh-vaah-lee) – the Indian festival of lights. Deepa means light and avali means a continuous line. Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama back home after a 14 year period of exile. The residents of Ayodhya (I-yo-the-yah) celebrated his homecoming by lighting rows and rows […]