This year the Hindu festival of Diwali will take place Sunday November 12th. Diwali is an important Hindu festival that occurs every year on the new moon of Kartik month in the Hindu calendar, following 20 days of Dussehra or Vijayadashmi, and lasts for five days from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj.
Diwali festival is one of India’s most important and extensively celebrated festivals. Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is widely celebrated across the country with much zeal and excitement.
It is a five-day holiday held in October or November, depending on the lunar calendar. The five days of Diwali are commemorated with prayer, feasts, fireworks, family gatherings, and charitable donations for over a billion people from all faiths across India and the rest of the world.
So, how can we say ‘happy Diwali’ in Hindi to those who celebrate it? Take a look at Simon & Simon’s guide to Diwali wishes in Hindi below!
Firstly, what is Diwali?
Diwali is such a highly celebrated religious festival for Hindus, but it is also commemorated by Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists and other cultures, that there is no single origin narrative. While each faith has its own historical story behind the holiday, they all celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
There are various versions of the Diwali story that differ by geographic community in Hinduism, which is considered the world’s oldest living religion, dating back to the second millennium B.C.
These, on the other hand, are all epic stories of men who were considered incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu, who is regarded as the sustainer of the universe and whose mission it is to restore the balance of good and evil in times of distress.
7 ways to give Happy Diwali wishes
Here are a few different ways you can wish someone a ‘Happy Diwali’ in Hindi, they’ll be so impressed you made the effort to learn some of these phrases!
Diwali ki shubhkamnayein
This is one of the most popular Diwali greetings as it simply means ‘happy Diwali’! You can use this phrase throughout the entirety of the five day festival.
Same as above! This is another way of saying ‘happy Diwali’, and might be a bit easier for most people to pronounce!
Jab tak zindagi hai
This translates to English as ‘as long as life itself.’ This is a more formal greeting and may be said during prayer or in a song.
Pyaar mile sab se
Translating to ‘get love from everyone’, this is a lovely way to spread well wishes to those who celebrate Diwali. You might say this in passing as you wander by the festivities!
This is a phrase you can probably find on a greeting card or decorations used to celebrate the festival. It means ‘Blessed Diwali’, and is a really simple way to wish someone a Happy Diwali.
Dua hai hamari
Meaning ‘it is our prayer’, this is a way to wish goodwill, happiness and health to all Hindus and other faiths the celebrate Diwali.
Diwali ki light
Directly translating to ‘Diwali lights’, this is an upbeat and joyous Diwali greeting! Of course, if you ever do go to a Diwali celebration you will be surrounded by an array of lights, colours and candles!
Other ways to to say ‘Happy Diwali’ in Indian languages
Although Hindi is the main language spoken in India, there are other languages such as Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarait and Tamil which may be spoken by others who are celebrating Diwali.
Tuhanu Diwali diyan bohat bohat vadhaiyan
This is the Punjabi way of saying ‘Happy Diwali’, although it doesn’t have a direct translation to English it roughly means ‘Happy Diwali and congratulations!’
Similar to Hindi, again this simply means ‘Happy Diwali’ in Marathi. Spoken in western and central India, If you’re a Hindi speaker then it becomes easier for you to learn Marathi faster.
You can learn Marathi through Hindi as there are many similarities between their pronunciation and grammar.
Again another easy way to wish someone a ‘happy Diwali’ but this time the language is Gujarati. Gujarati is descended from Prakrit, which is descended from Sanskrit. While there are some similarities between Gujarati and Hindi, the language is fairly diverse and distinct.
When compared to Hindi, approximately 45% of the words are similar to Gujarati, however there are differences in syntax, pronunciation, and meanings.
This is how you would say ‘Happy Diwali’ to a Tamil speaker. Spoken predominantly by Tamils in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore, it has smaller communities of speakers in many other countries.
Tamil is one of the world’s oldest languages, with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Learning a new language such as this ancient language can help you understand Indian culture and its roots better.
Looking to learn Hindi in time for Diwali?
We hope you’ve found this guide to Diwali well wishes helpful and it’s ramped up your excitement for one of the biggest and brightest religious festivals in the world! The spirit of Diwali is universal, regardless of how it is celebrated: the belief that, in the end, light will win over darkness.
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Happy Diwali in Hindi FAQs
Is it polite to say Happy Diwali?
A simple ‘happy Diwali’ will be enough, but there are other Diwali wishes you can make for anyone celebrating the festival of lights. A traditional Diwali greeting in English is “wishing you a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity, and joy to you and all your family.”
What is Diwali and why is it celebrated?
Diwali, often spelt Divali, is a major religious holiday celebrated in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The name comes from the Sanskrit word dipavali, which means “row of lights.” In general, the holiday represents the triumph of light over darkness.
How do people celebrate Diwali?
During Diwali, people dress up in their best clothes, decorate their homes with saaki (earthen lamps), diyas, and rangoli, hold worship ceremonies for Lakshmi puja, the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and enjoy family feasts with mithai (sweets) and gifts.