Diwali is not a one day fest; it is a five day long carnival of celebration, love laughter and joy. Diwali is celebrated with different beliefs in India. There are many stories that are popular regarding the different stage of celebration in Diwali. The holy fest of Diwali starts from Dhanteras and ends at the festival of Bhaiya Dooj a special day to mark the love for brother. The second day of fest and popularly known as Chhoti Diwali is another significant celebration of the carnival. Just as the day of Diwali there are many popular stories for the celebration of chhoti Diwali as well.
In southern part of India this day is celebrated as Nark Chaturdashi. It is said that lord Krishna along with his wife killed a demon named Narkaasur on the day; it was the last wish of Narkaasur that the day should be celebrated with joy that is why Diwali celebration is a day ahead in south India. Lord Krishna after killing the demon had a oil bath, that is why it is a tradition in south India that on the day of chhoti Diwali people have an oil bath in Brahma Muhurat that is early in the morning at 5 o’clock. In northern India the day is celebrated as a moment to eliminate darkness from each and every corner of the house. That is why people lit diyas or candles in every corner of their houses or workplaces on the night of Chhoti Diwali. It is said that yamraj the lord of death visits every home this day that is why people lit every corner so that the brightness should be spread in home and in life of everyone living there.
Children burn crackers and there is same level of happiness and enjoyment on the day as well. As we know that each and every day in Diwali celebration is significant and so as the day of Chhoti Diwali as well. People buy and send chhoti Diwali gifts to their loved ones. Sweets, hampers, gifts, Namkeen hamper, gold and silver coins, auspicious idols, home decorative, home furnishing these all are the assorted range of gifting for the day. Send chhoti Diwali gifts to those who are close to your heart and will always be there. Candles and diyas are the standard gifts for the holy occasion of Chhoti Diwali; one could also send range of home essence for the day so that the home and life of their loved ones should blossom with flowery essence.