Diwali, an auspicious and joyous festival, is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Diwali is popularly known as Deepavali, meaning “a row of lights”. On this night little clay lamps are lit in Hindu homes. In the main, Diwali commemorates the return of the exiled Prince Ram, his consort Sita and younger brother Lakashman to kingdom of Ayodhya (In India) after 14 years.
Prince Ram returned triumphantly after defeating the demon king Ravan in Sri Lanka, where Ravan had kidnapped Sita. The people celebrated Bhagwan (God) Ram’s triumphant return and his coronation by lighting tiny clay lamps in rows in and around their houses; a tradition still observed by all Hindus on Diwali night.
For Sikhs Diwali coincides with Bandi Chhor (Day of Liberation), celebrating the release of the sixth Guru – Guru Hargobind from prison, who freed 52 other Hindu kings with him. Celebrations are similar with lighting of lamps, fireworks, gift giving and family time.
The Jains celebrate Diwali as a remembrance of Lord Mahavir and his teachings. Teachings of compassion, tolerance and the importance of all beings and their equality. Besides happiness and joy Diwali also imparts to us its spiritual message. The light from the lamps spreads its brightness all round and signifies the victory of light over darkness, friendship over hatred, knowledge over ignorance and truth over evil.
WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY DIWALI & A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR