The star attraction of Indian festival is definitely Diwali – the festival of lights; the celebration of the Victory of Good over Evil. The celebration of Diwali last for 5 days but the festive mood and its effects hangs for another 364 days.
Diwali symbolizes the replacement of ignorance with knowledge, the removal of darkness and negative feelings: violence, anger, fear, jealousy, greed, etc with inner light to embrace positive ones. Remember that to make space for new things in life, you must be willing to let go of old broken down items that are beyond repair.
Diwali is the occasion to celebrate Life. All over India, ‘diyas’ and candles are placed at the very entrance of every home, office and shops. It is also believed that during Diwali, “Lakshmi” the goddess of wealth visits the homes that are well-lit and neat and visits the homes that are adorned beautifully. Diwali Marks the Start of The New Hindu Financial Year. New Year; New accounts and newness everywhere! Diwali is also the time to fire the crackers to set off the evening. It is also believed that the noise and light from the crackers is signal of defeat of the evil. A bit of precaution could add some more sparkle to the festival of lights to have a Safe Diwali!
The spirit of Diwali can be felt in the hymns of Brihdaranyaka Upanishad – “Oh Almighty! Lead us from the unreal to the real from darkness to light! From death to immortality! Oh Almighty! May there be Peace! Peace! Peace!”..Diwali is the time to find and enjoy the light within us. Settle old arguments and close all outstanding issues in your life so that you move forward in peace, keep the lamp of your mind pointed upwards so you move into the coming year with a new sense of passion, positivity and purpose. Take time to appreciate all that is good in the world.
The essence of Diwali is love. Make intentional efforts to spend time with your loved ones and stay connected with people to show compassion, empathy, and kindness in our everyday lives. May this Diwali bring you luck, Joy, happiness and success wish you a very happy and safe Diwali!