Festival of Lights

Candle-In-Diwali

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!”

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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2 Responses to Festival of Lights

  1. We celebrated Diwali just yesterday, and it’s heartening to see this post!

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