Diwali celebrations in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan begin with Vagh Baras, or Vagh Barash. It can be considered as the first day of Diwali celebrations of Gujarati people. In 2017, the date of Vagh Baras is October 16. Vagh Barash is also known as Govatsa Dwadashi and Guru Dwadashi. Cows and other domestic animals are worshipped on the day. It is also the last day of transactions in the financial year for businesses and those who maintain account books.