11 November, 2012 - Dhanteras 12 November, 2012 - Choti Dipawali / Kali Chaudas / Naraka Chaturdashi 13 November, 2012 - Main Deepavali / Baddi Dipawali (Lakshmi Puja) 14 November, 2012 - Padwa & Govardhan Puja / Pratipat 15 November, 2012 - Bhai Duj / Bhhaya Dooj / Bhai Beej Five Days Of Dipawali The First day of Dipawali ::Dhanteras The first day of Dipawali is called Dhanvantari Triodashi or Dhanwantari Triodashi also
called Dhan Theras. It is in fact the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh, the dark
fortnight of the month of Kartik. On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean
with Ayurvedic for mankind. This day marks the beginning of deepawali celebrations. On this day at sunset, Hindus should bathe and offer a lighted deeya with Prasad
(sweets offered at worship time) to Yama Raj, the Lord of Death and pray for protection
from untimely death. This offering should be made near a Tulsi tree, the Holy Basil or
any other sacred tree that one might have in their yard. The second day of Dipawali ::: Choti Dipawali The second day of Dipawali is called Narak Chaturdasi. On this day Lord Krishna
destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. On this day, one should
massage the body with oil to relieve it of tiredness, bathe and rest so that Dipawali
can be celebrated with vigor and devotion. On this night, Yama Deeya should not be lit. The Shastras (Laws of Dharma) declares that
Yama Deeya should be offered on Triodashi night with Prasad. Some people mistook it to
mean that because Yama Deeya was lit on that night, that it should always be lit on the
night before deepavali. This is absolutely not true. It is advisable that one consults
with a learned Pandit or Hindu Astrologer for proper guidance on this matter. The third day of Dipawali ::: Lakshmi Pooja on Dipawali This is the day when worship unto Mother Lakshmi is performed. Hindus cleanse themselves
and join with their families and their Pandit (priest) and they worship the divine
Goddess Lakshmi to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good
over evil and light over darkness. The fourth day of Dipawali ::: Padwa & Govardhan Pooja On this day, Govardhan Pooja is performed. Many thousands of years ago, Lord Krishna
caused the people of Vraja to perform Govardhan Pooja. From then on, every year Hindus
worship Govardhan to honor that first Pooja done by the people of Vraja. The fifth day of Dipawali ::: Bhai Duj The fifth day of the Dipawali is called . This is the day after Goverdhan Pooja is
performed and normally two days after Dipawali day. It is a day dedicated to sisters.
Many moons ago, in the Vedic era, Yama (Yamraj, the Lord of death) visited his sister
Yamuna on this day. He gave his sister a Vardaan (a boon) that whosoever visits her on
this day shall be liberated from all sins. They will achieve Moksha or final emancipation.
From then on, brothers visit their sisters on this day to enquire of their welfare.
This day marks the end of the five days of deepavali celebrations. This is also known as
Bhai fota among Bengalis. Bhai fota is an event especially among Bengalis when the
sister prays for her brother's safety, success and well being.