Diwali is the most popular holiday in India. It is a Hindu holiday but also celebrated by the Sikhs ( a Sikh shown at the Golden Temple.) One hope that most faith systems in the world share is victory of good over evil . This hope of Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains ,
Diwali begins tomorrow as a celebration of the purification of light . Hindus believe that these candles and holders should be place in every corner of their houses representing the cleansing light of the celebration. Houses are shiny clean , colorful new clothes are worn and new jewelry is purchased and given for gifts. It has many elements in common with Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years celebrated in the West during the darkness of winter.
The Times of India summed up the modern meaning of Diwali:
Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life.
Times of India editorial
Happy Diwali India! You have learned or know instinctively, how to celebrate the “joys of life!”