Diwali – Celebrating light in all its Glory

The message of ‘Happy Diwali’, often conveyed along with sweets, savories and beautiful smiles has been in Indian culture since ages. People have celebrated this festival of light with a gusto that negates all every sorrowful event that has ever occurred during the year. In many regions of India, this festival falls on the same dates as Lakshmi Puja and succeeds Kali Puja. Due to these certain auspicious days being centered on the day of Diwali, Diwali itself is considered a festival that marks the end of evil and brings in good fortune. The traditional celebration of Diwali includes lighting of lamps filled with ghee or linseed oil, meeting family and friends and doing a ceremonial puja at home. As the years have gone by since the return of Lord Ram along with Goddess Sita, the Bandi Chhor Divas, and Nirvana attainment by Mahaveer Jain, the way of celebrating Diwali has changed in ways good and bad. Continue reading