I love this Indian (Hindu) festival. A celebration of light, both the inner light and its reflection in outer lights. Read Jean Mishra’s blog to learn about it.
Tonight, November 13, is the Diwali Festival.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of light. It is through the light that the beauty of this world is revealed and in celebration colored lights, little clay lamps filled with ghee, lanterns and candles are lit. To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance and light the representation of knowledge. On this night, the lighting of the lamps signifies the conquering of ignorance through knowledge. Brilliant fireworks light up the sky well into the wee hours of the morning. Families gather to share good food and cheer and to give gratitude for all that is good in their lives.
So, happy Diwali to you and yours from India. May you always walk in the light, experience the beauty that it reveals, and leave the darkness behind you.