Choti Diwali

Choti Diwali is observed on previous day of the main Diwali festival in North India. It is observed the day after Dhanteras. Choti Diwali 2016 date is October 29. The day is usually meant for making the final preparations for Diwali. Rangoli designs and Diwali gifts are purchased on the day.

Usually Narak Chaturdasi is observed during Choti Diwali in South India. Narak Chaturdasi is when Deepavali is observed in South India.

On the Choti Diwali day, women decide on the Rangoli pattern to be drawn for Diwali. All the items needed for Lakshmi puja are gathered on the day.

Hanuman Puja, Kali Chaudas and Abhayang Snan are observed on the day.

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