Diwali Padwa is the fourth day of Diwali observed in Maharashtra and western parts of India. Diwali Padwa 2017 date is October 20. It is observed on Kartik Shukla Paksha Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Kartik month as per traditional Marathi lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
The day is considered highly auspicious. Vikram Samvat New Year begins on the day. Special pujas are offered to Ganesha on the day.
Balipratipada is observed in western parts of India. King Bali began to rule Bhukok on this day.
The day is usually spared for visiting relatives and friends. Many shops and business establishments remain closed on the day.
Other rituals that are observed on Deepavali Padwa include Abhayanga Snan, Govardhan puja and Annakut.