Diwali (Deepavali) Dates for 2018 to 2022

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Deepavali or Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is the biggest festival in the Hindu Calendar. Spiritually, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. As the term "Festival of Lights" suggests, the celebration involves millions of lights illuminated from rooftops, doorways, and windows in thousands of temples and buildings all over the countries where the festival is observed. 

The festival extends over a five-day period, but the main festival occurs on Dwali night, which falls on the darkest night of the new moon falling at the end of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin and the start of the month of Kartika. This falls between mid-October and mid-November in the Gregorian calendar. 

Diwali Festival Dates

Because Diwali is such a meaningful celebration, it is not uncommon for individuals to plan festivities years in advance. For your planning purposes, here are the dates for Diwali for the next few years:

  • 2018: Wednesday, November 7
  • 2019: Sunday, October 27
  • 2020: Saturday, November 14
  • 2021: Thursday, November 4
  • 2022: Monday, October 24

History of Diwali

The Diwali festival dates back to ancient times in India. It is mentioned in Sanskrit texts dating from the 4th century CE, but likely was practiced for many hundreds of years before that. Although most important for Hindus, the festival is also observed by Jains, and Sikhs and some Buddhists. While different historical events are observe in different regions and by different faiths, Diwali represents the triumph of lightness over darkness, knowledge over ignorance for all cultures that celebrate it.