Diwali or Deepavali is right around the corner and the festive fervour is at an all-time high. The excitement to celebrate Diwali this year is unprecedented, especially after two long years of the pandemic. After nine days of fasting during Navratri culminating on Dussehra, the festival of Diwali is one of the most eagerly awaited celebrations of the country. As per Hindu mythology, Diwali marks the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeated king Ravana. On this festival, it is customary to light lamps and celebrate the victory of good over evil and the return of Lord Ram to his kingdom and throne.
Diwali 2022 Date | When Is Diwali 2022?
This year, Diwali is being celebrated on October 24, 2022 (Monday). Meanwhile, Dhanteras is on October 22 (Saturday) and Govardhan Pooja and Bhai Dooj are on October 26 (Wednesday).
Diwali 2022 Time | City-Wise Puja Muhurat For Diwali
Diwali is also known as Lakshmi Puja in several places. It is customary to worship the goddess of wealth on this day, and here is the auspicious time or 'Shubh Muhurat' for the prayers.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat - 06:53 PM to 08:16 PM (In New Delhi, India)
Duration - 01 Hour 23 Mins
Pradosh Kaal - 05:43 PM to 08:16 PM
Vrishabha Kaal - 06:53 PM to 08:48 PM
Amavasya Tithi Begins - 05:27 PM on Oct 24, 2022
Amavasya Tithi Ends - 04:18 PM on Oct 25, 2022
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat in Other Cities
07:23 PM to 08:35 PM - Pune
06:53 PM to 08:16 PM - New Delhi
07:06 PM to 08:13 PM - Chennai
07:02 PM to 08:23 PM - Jaipur
07:06 PM to 08:17 PM - Hyderabad
06:54 PM to 08:17 PM - Gurgaon
06:51 PM to 08:16 PM - Chandigarh
06:19 PM to 07:35 PM - Kolkata
07:26 PM to 08:39 PM - Mumbai
07:16 PM to 08:23 PM - Bengaluru
07:21 PM to 08:38 PM - Ahmedabad
06:52 PM to 08:15 PM - Noida
Diwali 2022 Significance | Why Is Diwali Celebrated And How To Celebrate It?
Diwali falls in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. As already mentioned, this was the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman after a fourteen-year-long exile. The residents of Ayodhya celebrated his return by lighting lamps and decorating their homes, as is customary to date. Thus, Diwali celebrates light over darkness and the victory of good over evil.
On Diwali day, people clean up their homes and decorate them with lights, lamps, toran, rangolis and flowers. It is also a tradition to wear new clothes and jewellery for the Diwali puja. Ganesh and Lakshmi puja is conducted with near and dear ones on this day. In Bengal, Diwali is also celebrated as Kali Puja. It is also a common practice to visit relatives and friends and exchange gifts, sweets and dry fruits on Diwali.
Best Diwali 2022 Recipes | Must-Have Festive Foods On Diwali
Just like any other festival, food also plays a pivotal role in Diwali celebrations. As mentioned, dry fruits and mithai are a key part of the puja prasad. There are many festive foods that are traditionally consumed during Diwali.
Here Are 5 Must-Have Festive Foods On Diwali 2022:
1. Kaju Barfi
No Diwali celebration would be complete without kaju barfi or kaju katli. You can even make this delicious mithai at home for an unparalleled experience.
Puri and aloo are a customary part of the Diwali feast. Add a glass of chilled lassi or thandai and your festive celebrations are sorted!
Move over kheer, try this creamy and luscious kesar pista phirni for a memorable Diwali meal. Trust us, every bite will take you straight to heaven.
4. Dahi Bhalla
A crowd favourite, dahi bhalla is one chaat dish that never goes out of style. You can make it at home with our easy-to-follow, evergreen recipe.
While motichoor and besan laddoos are also common, why not elevate your experience this Diwali? Try and make coconut laddoo for your family!
Wishing all our readers a very Happy Diwali 2022!
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