15th day from full moon day when moon disappears). Celebrated in all parts of Vadgam. Diwali is the last day of the Hindu year and Vadgam people go to temples and thank the gods for the wonderful previous year. People wish a Happy Diwali to neighbors & relatives via cards (recently SMSs/emails/calls). The whole day is considered as the last day to prepare for the coming new year. People explode expensive fireworks throughout the entire night. Mostly natives perform special puja(worship) of the goddess of Wealth ‘Laxmi’. The houses are decorated with diyas specially in open spaces opposite the front door. Even rangoli is prepared around the lit diyas.
It is referred at the Hindu new year according to the Indian calendar based on lunar cycles, and ‘Kartak’ is the first month in this new year while ‘Ekam’ refers to first day.
People greet each other on this day by uttering, Saal Mubaarak this is an Urdu saying but is said commonly by Gujarati people (Hindi/Gujarati/ Urdu),’nutanvarsh abhinandan'(Sanskrit/ Gujarati) “shub varsh”,Happy new year.
The day starts with the heavy fire works, to welcome New Year, in the early morning as Hindu believes morning starts at 4am. House is decorated with the aaso palav & marigolds(galgota)/s toran (Door hangings) & rangoli beside front door. Home made snacks are offered to the guests & neighbors who comes to wish the new year.
Vadgam Peoples enjoyed the festival with full of joy and happiness and greet each other and spread a message of peace and prosperous. Peoples wear a new clothes and visited main temple in the village.
The people who stay outside of the village due to there business and services present in village on this day’s and meet there relatives and friend’s and greet each other, sharing sweet ,gift etc to eachother…..
Vadgam village really lucky to have good peoples who meet on this special occasion to eachother and enjoy the festival with fullest.