Diwali or Deepawali - Festival of Lights
Diwali Celebration 2017
Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of lights, and is the one festival that unites the whole of India. It is celebrated to commemorate the homecoming of Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshma after spending 14 years in exile. The citizens of Ayodhya, joyous to have their king back home, welcomed Lord Rama back with hearts of joy by lighting their homes and streets with lamps, and decorating the city with flowers. People try to finish their ongoing work, as Deepawali marks the end of the year and aims at starting with new work in the New Year.
When it comes to companies, they pay off all debts and new account books are blessed before the New Year, as it is time for new beginnings. For the eve of Diwali, homemakers and shopkeepers clean their homes and shops and decorate their places of dwellings and businesses, and people buy new dresses and clothing – all to celebrate the beginning of a new year and to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The occasion being auspicious, the people drive away the dark forces by decorating their homes and streets with lamps, performing puja at their homes, offering sweets to neighbors, friends and relatives. Forgetting differences, people greet and embrace each other.
Diwali is celebrated all over India, regardless of religion or economic background, to welcome light into life. As light is always associated with hope for the future, the festival celebrates the beginning of a New Year and the possibilities it brings.
Diwali is celebrated in many spiritual practices including, Hinduism and Buddhism. It marks the different historical events and stories, but they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.
For the next few days we prepare for the new year, clean, settle business and matters of the heart. Set intention to bring joy and happiness symbolized by light into your new year.
"In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision." ~ Dalai Lama