Choti Diwali, also known as Narak Chaturdashi, is the day before Diwali festival. In 2017, Choti Diwali date is October 18.
This festival is considered as Small Diwali as on this day crackers are burst in small scale.
All preparations for Diwali are done on Choti Diwali day. Devotees clean their houses and Rangoli designs are drawn in front of the house to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
In the evening on Choti Diwali, Sri Rama Puja is also performed along with Shri Lakshmi Puja. Choti Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi is the second day of Diwali festival.
On Narak Chaturdasi day, demon Narakasur was demolished by Lord Krishna and Satyabhama. They fought very aggressively and beheaded the demon on this day. Narak Chaturdashi marks the destruction of evil in the world and arrival of new lights. So, the diyas are lamps are kept burning for several days after beginning from Naraka Chaturdashi.
Narak Chaturdashi falls on Ashwin Krishna Chaturdashi as per the calendars followed in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. It falls on Kartik Krishna Chaturdashi as per the North Indian calendars.
In 2016, Choti Diwali date was October 29.
In 2015, Choti Diwali date was November 10.
In 2014, Choti Diwali date was October 22.
In 2013, Choti Diwali date was November 2.
Choti Diwali 2012 date was November 12.