MAY THIS DIWALI GLOWING WITH PEACE, JOY & PROSPERITY
Five Days Of Diwali
The first day of Diwali: Dhanteras
The second day of Diwali: Kali Choudas
Kali means Dark (evil) and Chaudas - Fourteenth. Thus, celebrated 14th day of Ashwin, Kali Chaudas is the day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti and is believed that on this day Kali killed the wicked Raktavija. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil which create hell in our life and shine light on life. The strength to protect others is referred as Kali, and if its used for God's work it is called Mahakali.
THE THIRED DAY OF DIWALI: LAXMI PUJA
LAXMI PUJA is a ritual performed during Diwali, the festival of lights. According to tradition people would put small oil lamps outside their houses on Diwali and pray to Goddess Lakshmi to bless their family and businesses.
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. It is believed that the goddess ( of wealth) visits only those houses which are clean and where the people are honest and hard-working.
THE FOURTH DAY IF DIWALI: SAL MUBARAK ( New Year )
The Gujarati community all over the world celebrates the New Year to mark the beginning of a new fiscal year and people put their worries behind them and prepare to welcome a new beginning. Gujaratis will continue with the festivities from Diwali the day before and decorate their homes with patterns and garlands, light diyas and set off fireworks. It is tradition for people to wear new clothes on New Year’s Day and to show respect to their elders to seek their blessings. Relatives will visit family and friends to exchange gifts of money and homemade sweets and wish health and prosperity for the New Year. People will also visit mandir to offer puja to the gods.
THE FIFTH DAY OF DIWALI: BHAI DOOJ
Many moons ago, in the Vedic era, Yama (Yamraj, the Lord of death) visited his sister Yamuna on this day. He gave his sister a Vardhan (a boon) that whosoever visits her on this day shall be liberated from all sins. They will achieve Moksha or final emancipation. From then on, brothers visit their sisters on this day to enquire of their welfare.