Rajesh Bhaskar
Professional Teacher
The five-day long festival originated in the Indian subcontinent  and is mentioned in early Sanskrit texts. Diwali is usually celebrated twenty days after the Vijayadashmi (Dussehra) festival, with Dhanteras, or the regional equivalent, marking the first day of the festival when celebrants prepare by cleaning their homes and making decorations on the floor, such as rangolis. The second day is Narak Chaturdasi. The third day is the day of Lakshmi Puja and the darkest night of the traditional month. In some parts of India, the day after Lakshmi Puja is marked with the Govardhan Puja. Some Hindu communities mark the last day as Bhai Dooj or the regional equivalent, which is dedicated to the bond between sister and brother.
Nov 7, 2021 8:01 AM
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