Diwali 2016 date - Deepavali Festival Calendar in 2016 With Puja Dates and Time

The most popular Hindu festival Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps.’ Diwali date in the year 2016 is on October 30 as per Hindu Calendar - India Standard Time. It will be observed on October 29 in South India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil – where the good and the evil are present in us. Lakshmi Puja 2016 date is October 30. Diwali 2016 dates and calendar is given below –

                Diwali 2016 Date – Calendar

Vasubaras – October 26, 2016
Govatsa Dwadasi – October 26
Vagh Baras – October 26

Guru Dwadasi – October 27, 2016

Dhantrayodasi – October 28, 2016
Dhanteras – October 28
Yam Deep Daan – October 28
Dhanvantri Jayanti – October 28

Deepavali Festival in South India – October 29, 2016
Naraka Chaturdashi – October 29
Abhayanga Snan – October 29
Kali Chaudas – October 29
Roop Chaturdasi – October 29
Hanuman Puja – October 29
Kali Puja in Bengal – October 29
Bhuta Chaturdashi – October 29
Neer Thumba Habba – October 29
Choti Diwali – October 29

Diwali in North – West – East – October 30, 2016
Abhayanga Snan – October 30
Lakshmi Puja – October 30
Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti – October 30
Kuber Puja – October 30
Sharda Puja – October 30
Kedar Gauri Vrat – October 30
Chopda Pujan – October 30

Diwali Padwa – October 31
Govardhan Puja – October 31
Annakut – October 31
Bali Pratipada or Bali Padyami – October 31
Gujarati New Year or Nutan Varsh – October 31

Bhai Dooj – November 1, 2016
Yama Dwitiya - November 1
Chitragupta Puja – November 1

Diwali lamps signify the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all animate and inanimate.

There are several reasons for celebrating Diwali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is observed as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean on this day during the ‘samudra manthan’ (churning of ocean) by demons and gods as mentioned in the Puranas. So for the business people, the new business year begins on Diwali.

In South India, Diwali is the day in which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.

In Gujarat, the day after Diwali is observed as Annakut – New Year’s Day.

Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali honors Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. He is believed to have emerged from the ocean on this day during samudra manthan.

In Orissa, the lights are lit to show the path to the spirits of ancestors returning to heaven.

In Bengal, Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kali killed the demon Raktavija on this day.

All You Need to Know About Diwali
Abhyanga Snan – Ritual bathing during Diwali
Yama Tarpanam – For dead Ancestors
Naraka Chaturdasi – Deepavali celebrations in South India
Kali Puja – Worship of Goddess Kali in Bengal
Sharda Puja – Dedicated to Goddess Saraswati
Lakshmi Puja – Worship of Goddess Lakshmi
Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti – Worship of Goddess Kamala – Tantric worship of Goddess Lakshmi
Tihar Festival – Diwali in Nepal
Chopda Puja – Muhurat Puja in Gujarat and Rajasthan
Vasubaras – Dedicated to Cow in Maharashtra
Vagh Barash – Dedicated to Cow and other domesticated animals in Gujarat
Govatsa Dwadasi – Dedicated to Cow in Gujarat
Neer Thumba Habba – Cleaning of vessel and ritual bath in Karnataka
Bhuta Chaturdashi – Dedicated to Bhutas or goblins
Choti Diwali – The day before Diwali
Govardhan Puja – Commemoration of Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhan Mountain
Annakut – Offering of food to Deities
Vikram Smavat 2073 - Gujarati New Year
Bali Pratipada / Bali Padyami – Celebrating the return and rule of King Bali
Vishwakarma Puja – Dedicated to Vishwakarma the divine architect of the universe
Yama Dwitiya – dedicated to Yama
Chopada Puja – Opening of new account books for some communities
Chitragupta Puja – Rituals dedicated to Chitragupta – one who keeps accounts of good and bad deeds on earth.