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When is Diwali in 2024 Date, Time, Mahurat & Full Details

Deepavali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. Diwali for the year 2024 is observed on 12 November, which falls on a Monday.

Significance of Diwali Or Deepavali

During the festival of Diwali, people light up their homes and commercial outlets. Lord Ganesh is worshipped for prosperity and welfare whereas Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for wisdom and wealth. The festival usually falls in the months of November or October and is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile. In many parts of the country, the festival is celebrated for five consecutive days. Undoubtedly, it is the most famous Indian festival, which is regarded as a celebration of life. In a few parts of the country, the festival denotes the beginning of the New Year. Deepavali is a five-day festival that goes as mentioned below:

  • The first day denotes the arrival of the new financial year for most Indian businesses. The business class worships Goddess Lakshmi for wealth.
  • The second day is the day of cleansing. People take oil baths and wear new clothes.
  • The third day is the day of the new moon. It is the official day of the Deepavali holiday.
  • The fourth day is the Kartika Shudda Padyami.
  • The fifth day, the final day of the festival, denotes the love between sisters and brothers.


Calendar Of Diwali Holidays 2024

Holiday Date Celebrated in
Deepavali 10 November 2024 to November 14th, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Punjab, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu

How is Deepavali/Diwali Celebrated?

As mentioned earlier, the celebration of the festival lasts for up to five days. Houses and shops will be cleaned and decorated with small clay lamps lit with oil or with electric lights. People exchange sweets. Fairs will be organised in many villages and towns. The festival is celebrated on different dates in various regions of the country since traditional lunar calendars may be interpreted in various ways. For instance, in Tamil Nadu, people celebrate Deepavali in Aippasi, a Tamil month.

Public Life during Diwali Holidays 2024

On the festival day, banks, post offices, and government offices will remain closed. Commercial outlets may be closed or have reduced working hours. Transport remains unaffected.

Deepavali Holidays From 2024 to 2028

Festival Day Date
Diwali 2024 Sunday 12 November
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Diwali 2024 Friday 01 November
Diwali 2025 Tuesday 21 October
Diwali 2026 Sunday 08 November
Diwali 2027 Friday 29 October
Diwali 2028 Tuesday 17 October

Symbols of The Festival of Lights

The most important symbols of the festival include electric lights and tiny oil lamps made of clay. They replicate both spiritual and physical elements of light.

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Deepavali 2024 Date

When is Diwali? : Monday, 24 October 2024
Diwali is extended to the five-day celebration, the main festival falls roughly eighteen days after Dussehra. It is towards the latter half of the year in the months of October or November that the festival takes place. According to the Hindu calendar of the year 2024, the darkest night is falling on November 7 in the month Kartik, and this day will be marked as Diwali this year.

Deepavali 2024 Shubh Muhurat & Amavasya Tithi Timings

Sunrise 12 November 2024
Sunset 12 November 2024
Amavasya Tithi Starts 12 November 2024
Amavasya Tithi Ends 12 November 2024
Pradosha Puja Time 12 November 2024 5:19 PM to 7:19 PM.

Five Days of Deepavali

The fact that makes this Diwali festival so popular and significant is the series of rituals which are not confined to just a single day. People usually begin the preparations weeks before the festival, commencing with the renovation of houses and workplaces, cleaning and painting of buildings, shopping for the decoration of houses, gifts for the loved ones, new clothes and several other things required to enjoy the festival. Houses and workplaces are adorned with flowers, jhaalars, kandils, etc. Rangolis of flowers and dried powdered colours brighten the entrances of several households. The following five days together make this Deepavali festival complete:

Day 1 Dhanteras 10 November 2024
Day 2 Naraka Chaturdasi (Chotti Diwali) 11 November 2024
Day 3 Lakshmi Puja (Diwali Festival) 12 November 2024
Day 4 Govardhan Puja 13 November 2024
Day 5 Bhai Dooj 14 November 2024


The five days merriment starts off with Dhanteras. Buildings are decked with rows of neon lights and people come out in the markets to purchase gold, silver or at least one new kitchen ware as part of the Dhanteras ritual. Along with the celebration of the birth of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, it is also the day of the birth of Goddess Dhanvantari, the keeper of health and healing. Some people believe it to be the day when the forces of good and evil churn the cosmic ocean of milk.

Year Makar Sakranti Hindi New Year
2022 Jan. 14 April 1
2024 Jan. 14 March 22
2024 Jan. 14 April 9
2025 Jan. 14 March 29

Top Five Indian Destinations to Spend Diwali Holidays 2024

If you are planning a trip during Deepavali holidays in 2024, consider the following top five Indian destinations that bring out the best of the festival:

  • Jaipur: Jaipur is the most renowned destination to be visited during Diwali holidays every year. The real beauty of Deepavali stems from the warm glow of lamps and lights that decorate homes, shops, and streets. Jaipur, the Pink City, is the best place to experience this. Every year, competitions are organised for decorating the streets of the city.
  • Goa: Goa, the smallest Indian state, is famous for Diwali celebrations as well. The focus of celebrations will be on the destruction of the demon Narakasura. In every city and village, competitions are organised to see who can make the largest figurine of the demon. Since gambling is also a famous Diwali activity, you can try your luck at casinos.
  • Varanasi: Varanasi is a lovely Indian destination to spend Diwali holidays for the year 2024. Make sure you stay at one of the riverside restaurants in the city of Varanasi to experience the real beauty of the festival. The main highlights of the festival include special Ganga Aarti and earthen lamps.
  • Kolkata: While many people worship Goddess Lakshmi on Diwali, the main day of the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Many devotees across the country visit Belur Math, Kalighat, and Dakshineswar, which are the Kali temples in the city.
  • Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for shopping during Diwali holidays. Dilli Haat organises a well-known Diwali Bazaar. If you are interested in unique handicrafts, Delhi should be visited to spend during Diwali holidays 2024.

Public Holidays in Maharashtra in 2024

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Wednesday Jan 26 Republic Day Public Holiday
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Diwali, short for Deepawali, is one of the most popular celebrations in India. The word translates to “row of lights” in Sanskrit and celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. The multi-day Festival of Lights includes fireworks, food, gifts, colored sand, and special clay lamps.

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What are the 5 days of Deepavali 2024?

Diwali in 2024 will start on Sunday, the 12th of November (12/11/2024) and will continue for 5 days until Thursday, the 16th of November.
The five-day festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness. Hindus across the world are celebrating Diwali. The five-day festival of lights is one of the most popular holidays in India, and Thursday is the main day of festivities, when the faithful pray to the Hindu goddess of wealth.
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  • Onion Bhaji.

Why do we eat sweets on Diwali?

By offering sweets, Indians express gratitude, respect and acknowledge the presence of others in their life. It is a method of conveying to others that ‘they matter’. During Diwali, the mere reason for distributing, making or eating sweets is the plain idea of celebration.

Deepavali 2021 Previous Years

Year Date Day Holiday States
2021 4 Nov Thu Diwali National
5 Nov Fri Deepavali Holiday DD, HR, KA, MH, RJ,

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