Diwali  Celebrations New Zealand 2019

न्यूजीलैन्ड मे दिवाली उत्सव 2019

Diwali or Deepavli Festival is celebrated in all parts of New Zealand and the events are held on different dates. The dates for Diwali celebrations New Zealand are decided as per convenience of majority of people and are usually on nearest Saturday or Sunday. The events in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Waikato Hamilton are famous ones.

Deepavali Festival dates for 2019:

  • 24th Oct, Thu: Rama Ekadashi
  • 25th Oct, Fri: Gaun / Vaishnav Rama Ekadashi, Govatsa Dwadashi, Baj / Vach Baras
  • 26th Oct, Dhan Teras, Yama Deepam, Shani Trayodashi, Masik Shivratri, Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja
  • 27th Oct, Sun: Diwali / Deepavli, Lakshmi Puja, Narak Chaturshi, Kedar Gauri Vrat, Kali Puja, Sharada Puja, Kamala Jayanti
  • 28th Oct, Mon: Annakut, Goverdhan Pooja, Bali Pratipada, Darsha Amavasya, Kartik Amavasya
  • 29th Oct, Tue: Chandra Darshan, Dyut Krida, Gujarati New Year (Vikram samvat), Bhai Dooj / Bhaiya Dooj / Bhai Beej, Yam Dwitiya
  • 2nd Nov, Sat: Labh Panchami, Soora Samharram
  • 3rd Nov, Sun: Chhath Puja, Jalaram Jayanti

Diwali Celebration New Zealand 2019: Programs

About Diwali

Diwali, also known as Deepavali or Deepawali, is celebrated on Kartik Amavasya (कार्तिक अमावस्या). Kartik is name of Hindu month and Amavasya means no-moon day. The celebrations usually start two days prior to Diwali and goes for two days after Diwali day. The festival is of significant importance for all communities and religions in Indian subcontinent; specially Hindu, Sikh, Jainism, Buddhism

The occasion two days before is Dhan Teras (धन तेरस) or Dhanvantari Trayodashi which is considered auspicious to buy precious metal like Gold or Silver. This is a practice followed by  Indian community introduced by the ancestors which was a way of saving for the future.

On Diwali, people meet and greet their extended family, neighbors and friends. They clean and  decorate their house with Rangoli (रंगोली) colorful Diyas (दिया / दिपक), lanterns and lights, to Welcome Mahalaxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and offer prayers. Main prayer is held in the evening and known as Laxmi Puja (लक्ष्मी पूजा) offering prayers to the Goddess of Wealth. Another is Chopda Puja (चोपडा पूजा) where business community pray for better Business for the coming year and worship the Account Books. ‘ Chopda’ means books of accounts. Bandi Chhor Divas (ਬੰਦੀ ਛੋੜ ਦਿਵਸ / बंदी छोड दिवस / Day of liberation) is celebrated with Diwali. It is day to mark return of Guru Hargobind Ji (श्री गुरू हरगोबिन्द जी)

Next day of Diwali is celebrated as Goverdhan Puja (गोवर्धन पूजा) and Annakut (अन्नकूट) and also as the new year in Gujarat. This day community prays to Lord Krishna and prepare variety of feast at home.

Third day of Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dooj (भाई दूज) which is celebrated by brothers and sisters. The sisters pray for long life and happiness of their brothers and in return brothers gift their sisters. The Marathi language translation of this festival is Bhau Beej (भाऊ बीज).

Diwali in Indian subcontinent is also time when activities related to sowing of new crop starts.

Have a blessed and prosperous Diwali and new year. शुभ दिपावली

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Diwali Celebrations New Zealand – Related links:

Auckland Diwali Festival 2019