My previous post dealt with the contention in the official date of Divali 2013. An article in today’s Trinidad Express has sought to clear this up for the population and from this particular statement (quoted below) I did some searching and it does seem that the information given is real and that the date that Divali should be celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago is Saturday 2nd November 2013:
This year the Amawas starts at 10.45 a.m. on November 2 and ends at 8.50 a.m. on November 3.
“If we want to celebrate it during the Amawas period then we have to celebrate it on Saturday. If we were to celebrate it Sunday night we would be celebrating it out of the Amawas period,” he said.
Maharaj said deyas are lit at night and therefore it would make more sense to celebrate Divali on November 2.
The image below will be used to corroborate the explanation given in the article above. The information was gathered from mypanchang.com.
The tithis are the Lunar Days in the Hindu Calendar and can last anywhere between 19 and 26 hours. From the image above, it shows that the day before New Moon (Charturdashi) ends at approximately 10:44am on the 2nd of November, so the day of New Moon (Amavasya) begins at approximately 10:45am on the 2nd of November and it ends approximately 8:50am on the 3rd of November. As explained in the Trinidad Express article, it is then only logical to celebrate Divali on the night of the 2nd of November. This means that the declared day is in fact the correct day.