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Read about the five days of Diwali: Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja and Bhaiya Duj.

Five Days of Diwali

Diwali, the festivity of lights, is celebrated with full enthusiasm by the Indian people. The festival teaches people to spread love by foregoing the path of enmity. The celebration of the Diwali festivity continues for 5 days and each day has a different message and philosophy associated with it. In this article, we will provide you with information on the five days of Diwali.

Day 1: Dhanteras
It usually falls on the dark fortnight in the month of Kartik. It is on this day that Lord Dhanwantari had come out of the ocean with Ayurvedic for treating the ailments. The day of Dhanteras observes the beginning of Diwali celebrations. At the time of sunset, the Hindus take a bath and offer lighted diya lamp along with Prasad to Yama Raj, the Lord of Death. They pray to the Lord to protect them from the clutches of untimely death. The offerings are made around some sacred tree like Tulsi.

Day 2: Choti Diwali
The second day marks the celebration of Choti Diwali. This day has a lot of religious significance for people, as it is on this day that Lord Krishna defeated the devil Narakasur, thus giving a sigh of relief to the people. As a part of its celebration, people massage their bodies with oil to bid bye to tiredness. It is said that on the night of choti Diwali, you should not light the Yama Diya.

Day 3: Lakshmi Puja
On the third day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to be associated with good luck, wealth and prosperity. The house is thoroughly cleaned and the family members get together to offer prayers.

Day 4: Govardhan Puja
The tradition of worshipping Govardhan was initiated by Lord Krishna, who made the people of Vraja perform a puja in the dedication of Govardhan. Since then, every year, people have been performing the Govardhan puja.

Day 5: Bhaiya Duj
Bhaiya duj is a day for brothers and sisters. On this day, the sister applies vermillion on the forehead of her brother and prays for his long life. The brother presents a gift to his sister and blesses her that she may get the best of things in her life.

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