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Happy Diwali

Today is Diwali and I wish all a very happy Diwali.

May the festival of light encircle your life with Joy and Happiness. Success comes at your doorsteps. With these blessings sending my warm wishes to you on Diwali and always.

Diwali Greetings 2009

In the recent times Diwali is more waited for business initiatives,  stock market trends, gold and diamond duys rather than a religious affair. I still remember Diwali as time when the home was cleaned and decorated, few utensils were bought, few gifts were exchanged and lots of home made sweets from all over the neighborhood. It seems to have been lost somewhere…

I thought of conducting a quick research on the internet about this festival and found a exhaustive article on Wikipedia and here are excerpts:

Diwali: An Indian Festival

its celebrated in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. Its known as Festival of Lights and traditional diyas—cotton string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil— are lighted to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual.

Source: Wikipedia

Across many parts of India and Nepal, it is the homecoming of Rama after a 14-year exile in the forest and his victory over Ravana.In the legend, the people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Rama by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (dĭpa), thus its name: dīpāwali. In South India, it marks the victory of Krishna over Narakasura. Over time, this word transformed into Diwali in Hindi and Dipawali in Nepali, but still retained its original form in South and East Indian Languages. In Dravidian languages it is called as Deepavali and the same is used in Malaysia and Singapore.

In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

Diwali has been significant in Sikhism since the illumination of the town of Amritsar commemorating the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji (1595-1644), the sixth Guru of Sikhism, who was imprisoned along with 52 other Hindu kings at Fort Gwalior by Emperor Jahangir. After freeing the other prisoners, he went to the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) in the holy city of Amritsar, where he was welcomed happily by the people who lit candles and divas to greet the Guru. Because of this, Sikhs often refer to Diwali also as Bandi Chhorh Divas – “the day of release of detainees.”

The festival is also celebrated by Buddhists in Nepal, a majority-Hindu country, particularly the Newar Buddhists.

In India and Nepal, Diwali is now considered to be a national festival, and the aesthetic aspect of the festival is enjoyed by most Indians and Nepalese regardless of faith.

On the day of Diwali / Deepavali, many wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks. Some North Indian business communities start their financial year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.

And Diwali is about commerce as well. New business initiatives, new launches, new investments, Diwali is considered to be one of the best day to start.

I leave you with that. I will first complete my articles about India, before I can start writing on festivals of India :)

1 Comment

  1. Patti Slife says:

    I have no real idea abojut what this blog is wahaha

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