Diwali, also known as Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. The festival falls on Amavasya Tithi (new moon day), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. Diwali 2017 is celebrated on October 19. Diwali is the five days festivity period which begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj.
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Dhantrayodashi marks the beginning of five day festivities of diwali.
Dhanteras also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantri Jayanti is revered by Hindus across the world as a festival of health, wealth, and prosperity. It also marks the beginning of five day festivities of Diwali, which is celebrated to honour the home coming of lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The Hindu festival falls on the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) Trayodashi (thirteenth day after full moon), in the month of Kartik according to the traditional Hindu calendar. This year Dhanteras falls on October 17, 2017.
The goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on sharad purnima.
Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September or October), marking the end of the monsoon season. It is believed that Sharad Purnima is the only day in the year when the moon comes out with all sixteen Kala. In many regions Sharad Purnima is known as Kojagiri Purnima, Navanna Purnima or Kaumudi Purnima. On this day, Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth; Indra, the god of Rains; and Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati are also worshiped.