As a South Indian who grew up in Delhi, Deepavali celebrations at home have always been an amalgam of both the traditions – South and North.. In South India, the festival is celebrated a day earlier and the legend behind it is a story from the Mahabharata (and not the Ramayana) – one in which Krishna and Satyabhama kill Narakasura symbolising the victory of good over evil.
October 18, 2017 is Naraka Chaturdashi.
I ask you (as we do) – Ganga snanam aacha? (the head bath taken in the wee hours of the morning before sunrise is equivalent to a dip in the Ganges – an important part of the Deepavali ritual) and wish you all a very happy and prosperous Deepavali.
Ending this post with this beautiful Lata Mangeshkar song from Bhabhi ki chudiyan (1961) and wishing you all happiness and peace.