Happy Diwali!

Written by on October 27, 2011 in Celebrations - No comments
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Among the happy autumn holidays is Diwali, popularly known as the “Festival of Lights.” Celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, this is a most important festival for Hindus, with families gathering together in their homes to perform traditional activities. Diwali is an official holiday in many countries including India, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mauritius, and Trinidad & Tobago, among others.

Diwali,” a contraction of the longer word “Deepavali,” translates into “row of lamps,” with an important ritual being the lighting of small clay lamps or “diyas,” to signify the triumph of good over evil. The lamps continue to burn during the night, with the home being cleaned, in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers, too, are part of the celebration—crackling to ward off evil spirits. During Diwali, celebrants wear new clothes and share special sweets with family members and loved ones.  Happiness all around!

Feast your eyes on the Diwali Festival of Lights.

About the Author

Life-Cycle Celebrant Sarah Ritchie respects all faiths. She has received diplomas from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, USA, where she now serves as a faculty member. Sarah wants to lead the way in creating a ceremony that reflects you, your love, and all the things that you hold most dear in the world. She lives in New York City, but brings along a hospitality that she attributes to her home, Oklahoma. In addition to this work that she adores, she devotes herself to a variety of charities on issues relating to education, children, health, and the arts.

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