5 Days of Diwali
Day 1. Vasu Baras.
On the first day of celebration, cows and calves, sacred animals in the country, are worshiped and all homes are carefully cleaned.
Day 2. Dhan Teras.
The second day of Diwali celebrates the birth of God Dhanvantri. It is the most profitable and prosperous for business. This is when candles and lamps are placed throughout the houses.
Day 3. Kali Chaudas or Chaturdashi.
The third day is the most important day of the festival. The day when the light overcame the darkness. It is the day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. In South India, it is the most celebrated day. The gods are prayed to for happiness and prosperity. This night will be completely lit up by the thousands of firecrackers and fireworks that are thrown. On this day it is typical to wash with perfumes and to bathe before dawn, to do so under the brightness of the stars is considered a sacred bath. The third day of Diwali fills all the cities of india with happiness.
Day 4. Diwali/ Deepawali or Lakshmi Puja.
It is the most important day of the Diwali festival in North India. The fourth day is the first of the new Hindu year. In every home we pray to Lakshmi (Queen of the Festival, wife of the god Vishnú, whose image represents beauty and brings good luck, prosperity and wealth) and Ganesh. Friends and family gather to exchange gifts.
Day 5. Govardhan Puja.
This day is celebrated in many ways in India. It is the day that Krishna defeated Indra. He killed the latter and released the maidens he was holding. It is common for husbands to give special gifts to their wives and brothers to strengthen their bonds.
The next day, Bhaiduj, brothers and sisters from all over India express their affection.