Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights. Diwali or Deepawali means “series of lights”. Diwali is celebrated on the 15th day of dark fortnight of Kartik month in Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.
It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival also called Diwali to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison, and Newar Buddhists, unlike the majority of Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshipping Lakshmi.
Diwali is here. Five Day festival of Diwali starts from today.
Vijayadashami also known as Dasara, Dusshera or Dussehra is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. It is observed on the tenth day of the Hindu calendar month of Ashvin, which falls in the Gregorian months of September and October.
Vijayadasami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remembering goddess Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore Dharma. In the northern, southern and western states, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra. In these regions, it marks the day of Victory of God Rama over the demon Ravana.