Diwali — Festival of Lights

Today is the most joyous day of the year in India. We are celebrating Diwali/Deepawali throughout the country/world. The word Diwali is made of two words; deep (lamp or diyas) & avali (row), which means a line or a row of lamps. The festival marks the victory of good over evil- of light over darkness that’s why it is called as the ‘Festival of Lights’. During Diwali lamps are lit in every home, office, etc. Also, a gorgeous array of sparkling colors emitted by the firecrackers that seem to awaken the night sky.

The History behind Diwali Celebration -

Historically, Diwali can be traced back to ancient India. It most likely began as an important harvest festival. However, there are various myths pointing to the origin of Diwali. Of all, the most significant one is the return of Ram, the lord of virtue, to his kingdom after 14 years of exile.

How is Diwali Celebrated?

According to an ancient myth, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth travels through all our homes on Diwali night and stops to bless the homes that are shiny and sparkling clean. So as this festival approaches, all houses go through a thorough spring-cleaning in anticipation of her wealth and blessings. She will be greeted by a beautiful gaily painted Rangoli on the threshold of each home while inside too she is welcomed by an array of sparklers and little earthen lamps that light up and considerably brighten the atmosphere. The goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this day through a Lakshmipujan, which is performed not only in the homes but in shops and offices as well.

People wear new clothes, visit friends and family, and exchange sweets and gifts.There is also a strong belief in giving to those in need. The firecrackers makes the whole night beautiful and awaken the night to enjoy the festival.

May the millions of lamps illuminate your life with endless joy, prosperity, health and wealth forever. Wishing you and your family a very blissful Diwali.