From Sahaja Yoga groups in Brazil
Diwali is the celebration of the birth of Shri Lakshmi, who was born from the primordial ocean. It is also the era of the birth of Jesus Christ, in the darkest night. This event, symbolized by the lighting of the Diwali lamps, is followed by the celebration of the New Year in the old Hindu calendar (Shalivahanas) . After the birth of Shri Lakshmi from the ocean, the Moon was born from the ocean, the Moon one sees in the sky two days after the New Moon. This Moon was placed on the head of Shri Shiva to cool Him down after He drank the poison from the churning of the ocean that produced Shri Lakshmi and many other wonders.
First day - Dhantrayodashi the 13th day of the moon in 2008 - Sunday, October/26
This is the day on which Shri Lakshmi was born. She was born as Gruha Lakshmi. Thus, on this day a gift is to be given to the Gruha Lakhsmi (house wife) of the house.
Second day- Narak Chaturdashi the 14th day of the moon - Monday,October/ 27/2008
On this day, the rakshasa (demon) Narakasura died. This is the day on which hell was opened to receive the rakshasas. Sahaja yogis go to sleep early and wake up later on this day.
Third day- Deepavali or Diwali the 15th day of the moon, the day before the new moon - Tuesday, October/28/2008
Deepavali means the festival of lights. On this day, we celebrate the return of Shri Rama from the forest to His kingdom. It is also the darkest night when there is no moon, the night when Jesus Christ was born at 2:00 am. Lights are kept on during the night.
Fourth day - New Year the 1st day of the new moon - Wednesday, October/29/2008
In the State of Maharashtra, the ancestors of Shri Mataji, the Shalivahanas, celebrate the beginning of the New Year on this day.
Fifth day - Bahu Bij the 2nd day of the new moon Thursday, October/30/2008
On this day, we celebrate the birth of the Moon from the primordial ocean. The moon is the brother of Shri Lakshmi. They were born at the same time. So, for us the Moon is our maternal uncle who is recognized as the brother of all the Goddesses. On this day the rakhi sisters honor their brothers.
Source: Abilio and Nelma