Diwali 2024 Celebrations In USA: When & Where To Celebrate?

Diwali 2023 Celebrations In USA

Renu Dahiya posted on Thursday, Nov 2nd, 2023

In the United States, the arrival of Diwali is not just a festival; it’s a magnificent mix of traditions, lights, and a heartfelt blending of cultures. With the official declaration of Diwali as a holiday by the U.S. government, the excitement for this joyous occasion has reached new heights, sparking a huge celebration all across the country. Here’s to know everything about Diwali 2024 in USA – Date, Muhurat/timings, Diwali events & more. Enjoy the grand Diwali celebrations in USA. 

When Will Diwali 2024 Be Celebrated In The USA? 

Diwali, also known as Deepawali, is a festival associated with lights, signifying the victory of good over evil. It isn’t limited to Hindus alone; people of Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism all partake in this grand celebration. According to the ancient calendar, Diwali unfolds on Amavasya, the 15th day of the Kartik month, each year which typically falls 20 days after the celebration of Dussehra or Vijayadashami and spans five days, from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj. 

In 2023, the radiant Diwali festival will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12, 2023, in both the countries India and the USA (the Muhurat timings will differ). Check out complete details about Diwali 2023 date and time as per the Indian and USA timings:

Diwali 2023 Date & Laxmi Puja Muhurat

USAIndia
Diwali 2023 Date12 November 2023, Sunday12 November 2023, Sunday
Laxmi Puja Muhurat04:41 PM to 06:28 PM5:39 PM to 07:35 PM
Amavasya Tithi start03:14 AM on November 12, 202302:44 PM on November 12, 2023
Amavasya Tithi end03:26 AM on November 13, 202302:56 PM on November 13, 2023

5 Days Of Diwali 2023

FestivalUSA (Dates)India (Dates)
Dhanteras10 November 2023, Friday10 November 2023, Friday
Choti Diwali11 November 2023, Saturday11 November 2023, Saturday
Diwali (Laxmi Puja)12 November 2023, Sunday12 November 2023, Sunday
Govardhan Puja13 November 2023, Monday14 November 2023, Tuesday
Bhai Dooj14 November 2023, Tuesday14 November 2023, Tuesday

Diwali/Deepavali: History & Significance

Diwali isn’t a new festival; it’s been around for more than 2,500 years. Long ago, it started as a big harvest festival in ancient India, where people celebrated the good times in the fields. But there’s more to it than that – Diwali has a collection of stories that make it special.

Diwali and Ramayana Connection

The most popular tale associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya following his 14 years of exile and after defeating the demon king Ravana. During this exile, the wicked king Ravana of Lanka abducted Sita. After a lot of hurdles and a lengthy quest, Lord Rama finally vanquished Lanka and saved Sita. In joyous celebration of this victory and the return of King Rama, the people in Ayodhya lit up the whole place with little clay lamps called Diyas, shared sweets, and set off fireworks. People still follow these traditions today when they celebrate Diwali.

Goddess Kali and Diwali Story 

In the Bengali tradition, Diwali is known as Kali Puja. There’s a unique story behind this. It’s said that Goddess Kali showed up on this special day along with 64 thousand Yoginis and took down many demons, including one called Rakta Beej.

Goddess Lakshmi and Diwali Connection

Most Hindus celebrate Diwali by worshiping Goddess Lakshmi, who brings good fortune and wealth. The day is marked as the birthday of this deity which was the New Moon day of the Karthik month. A long, long time ago, Lord Vishnu was so enchanted by Lakshmi’s beauty that he decided to marry her. To mark this special event, people light up rows of Diyas. And that’s why we celebrate Diwali, to honor Goddess Lakshmi and ask for her blessings.

What Is Diwali Tradition And Culture? 

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, stands as one of India’s most important celebrations, and it’s cherished by Hindus everywhere. It’s a festival that stretches across several days and carries a powerful message: it’s about light conquering darkness, goodness defeating evil, and wisdom winning over ignorance. Here’s a look at some of the key elements that make Diwali special:

  • The lighting of lamps and colorful fireworks
  • Prayers and worship (Puja)
  • Sharing gifts and sweet treats
  • Dressing up in traditional clothes
  • Family get-togethers and feasting
  • Diwali markets and cultural shows
  • Helping others and giving back

Diwali Celebrations In India 

North India 

In Northern India, the religious significance of Diwali is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after 14 years of exile. The celebrations of Diwali start with Dussehra, where Ramlila, a dramatic rendition of the story of the Ramayan is depicted. Here, houses are decorated with candles, lights, Diyas, Bandhanwars, and Rangolis. Laxmi puja is performed at night. Shopping, cleaning, redecoration, whitewashing, home decoration, and exchanging of gifts and sweets are part and parcel of the celebrations. To enjoy such vibrant celebrations, book your air tickets to North India today. Here are the popular routes – 

Eastern India 

The necessary rituals remain the same in Eastern India, which include the lighting of lamps, candles, and Diyas, along with the bursting of crackers. Some people keep the doors of their houses open so that Goddess Lakshmi can enter. In West Bengal, Laxmi Puja is celebrated six days after Durga Puja. Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja. Late-night worshipping of Goddess Kali is done on Diwali night. There are Kali Puja pandals in various areas. To participate in Durga Puja, reserve your flights to East India. Consider these famous routes –

Western India 

Western India is mostly associated with business and trade. A few days before Diwali, the markets of Western India are crowded with Diwali shoppers. In Gujarat, on the night before Diwali, Gujaratis create colorful rangolis in front of their houses. For Gujaratis and Maharashtrians, Diwali is the New Year. Get your flight tickets to West India today for such sweet celebrations of Diwali. Take a look at popular routes below – 

Southern India

Diwali is celebrated in the Tamil month of Aipasi (which is Thula month), also ‘Naraka Chaturdasi’ Thithi. In south India, Naraka Chaturdashi is the main day of the Diwali celebrations. One day before the main day, the oven is cleaned, and then it is smeared with lime. Religious symbols are drawn on the oven, filled with water, and this is used on the main day for the oil bath. Another unique ritual in South India observed on Diwali is Thalai Deepavali. On this day, newlyweds spend their first Diwali in the bride’s parental home. Book your flights to South India today for such unique Diwali celebrations. Check out the popular routes below –

Diwali 2023 Celebrations In USA

New York

11 November 2023

Saturday | 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)

New York City Marina, 2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010 United States

Diwali Cruise Bollywood Night with Indian Dinner Buffet

11 November 2023

Saturday | 10:00 PM (EST) onwards

230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001 United States

Bollywood Diwali Dhamaka

Check out the popular routes below to book your India to New York flights at low prices –

Edison

04 November 2023

Saturday | 07:00 PM (EST) onwards

Royal Ambassador Banquets (Royal Grand Manor), 2863 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837 United States

Diwali Masti 2023 with Bhagyashree

Chicago

11 November 2023

Saturday | 09:00 PM (CST) onwards

Hard Rock Cafe, 63 West Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60654 United States

Bollywood Diwali Night Blackout 2.0

Get your flights from India to Chicago booked today. Check out the famous routes below –

Los Angeles

11 November 2023

Saturday | 10:00 PM (PST) onwards

Elevate Lounge, 811 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Bollywood Dhamaka: A Diwali Party

Here are the popular routes for India to Los Angeles flights you can choose from –

San Diego

11 November 2023

Saturday | 12:00 PM (PDT) onwards

Pacific Trails Middle School, 5975 Village Center Loop Rd, San Diego, CA 92130

Deepavali Special Banana Leaf Non-Veg & Veg Feast | Attam Pattam Kondattam

You can consider the below-mentioned routes for your India to San Diego flights. Check now – 

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