Diwali is the Festival of Lights, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains throughout the world, lasting for five days. Diwali is about new beginnings, and the triumph of good over evil. Although the event does not take place on a particular date each year, such as Christmas Day on December 25th, it is usually held between October and November.
It is important to understand the purpose and religious background of a holiday. Deepavali, which translates as “rows of lighted lamps,” is the Sanskrit word for Diwali. Diyas are little oil lamps that are used to decorate homes, shops, and public locations. Diwali tends to be celebrated through the use of fireworks and sweets, which makes Diwali a bright and popular festival amongst young people.
I grew up hearing stories about how my parents celebrated Diwali with their families in India. Diwali was celebrated on November 4th this year. My family and I kicked off the festivities by attending a Gurudwara, the Sikh place of worship. We lit some candles and said a little prayer there. We returned home, which was brightly lit with diyas, and prepared for relatives and friends to arrive. I adore celebrating Diwali with my family and friends, watching the fireworks and eating traditional Indian delicacies – my favourites are laddoos and jalebis!
I hope you now have a better understanding of this wonderful and bright celebration!