DAY 1 – DHANTERAS
This is the first day of the festival when people clean their homes and prepare for the festivities ahead. This is also a busy shopping day, when it is considered lucky to go to markets and buy new precious kitchen items or appliances.
DAY 2 – CHOTI DIWALI
The second day is when people begin decorating their homes. Many families will put up string lights and start creating their rangoli, which is an art form of intricate designs placed on the floors of homes.
DAY 3 – DIWALI
The most important part of the celebration is the ritual that takes place on this day. Clay oil lamps (diyas) are lit which signifies victory of good over evil. People worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on this day as they are believed to bring good luck, prosperity and wealth.
On the day of Diwali, families get together to exchange gifts and have a large meal. Many people wear their nicest clothes on this day and say “Happy Diwali” to each other.
DAY 4 – PADWA
This day celebrates the love between a married couple. Similar to anniversaries, couples will exchange gifts to one another. Many businesses open new accounts on this day as it is considered auspicious. They close out the old year and begin a new fiscal year with blessings from Lakshmi.
DAY 5 – BHAI DUJ
The last day of celebrations is dedicated to brothers and sisters. To celebrate their bond, sisters perform a special ceremony for their brothers for their protection. Brothers give presents to their sisters.
FYI: Our stores will be closing at the earlier time of 9pm on Monday 24th October so that our teams can go home and celebrate Diwali. Last orders at 8:45pm.