What is Diwali?

Diwali is..firecrackers…sweets…gifts family gatherings…so Indian Christmas + July 4th? Kind of!

Diwali spiritually symbolizes the win of good over evil the victory of light over darkness.

Do you have to be Indian or Hindu to celebrate it? Not at all. Although Diwali’s origin is in the India Sub-Continent present day South Asia, anyone can celebrate this festival of light!”

There are many different stories from Hindu mythology that intertwine with Diwali and the significance of it.

However Diwali is a time to “celebrate, to enjoy and make memories with loved ones, to take a break from your routine and rejuvenate your mind & spirit, to look within and understand yourself on a deeper level on enlightening yourself on a deeper level to remove the darkness fears and limitations within ourselves.”

Stories: For reference read “The Ramayana”, “Lakshmi”, “Dhanteras” and “Saal Mubarak.”

1) One story says when Rama (story of Ramayan) came back from his 14 year exile to the kingdom of Ayoydha, his return was celebrated on the day of Diwali.

2) Diwali is also widely associated with the Goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth and abundance.

3) In many parts of north & northwestern India, Dhanteras is celebrated a day before Diwali. One definition of Dhanteras is honoring Dhanawantri who symbolizes health. Another is “Dhan” which literally means wealth, as an opportunity to practice gratitude for everything we have especially for businesses. Many business owners start their new year with Diwali closing their old books and often buying a piece of gold.

Although each state in India practices different customs for Diwali, the general practices of Diwali are to:

-Buy new clothes to symbolize the new year new beginnings and a fresh start

-Make sweets and exchange with friends and family

-Make special foods

-Light diya’s (lights) typically in a clay pot as well as firecrackers, to symbolize light over darkness

The spiritual significance of Diwali being light over darkness can also be related to faith over fear! When there is light there cannot be darkness. This can also be interpreted as removing ignorance with knowledge. Ignorance can often be related to fear/darkness and knowledge comes with enlightenment. Even as people the more “woke” we are, aware, awakened, and enlightened, the less ignorant we are and are able to go through life stronger.

Overall, Diwali is a time to: celebrate, to enjoy and make memories with loved ones, to take a break from your routine and rejuvenate your mind & spirit, to look within and understand yourself on a deeper level on enlightening yourself on a deeper level to remove the darkness fears and limitations within ourselves.

How can you celebrate Diwali? Light a lamp and practice the act of gratitude for all we have and awaken your light within!

Do you have to be Indian or Hindu to celebrate it? Not at all. Although Diwali’s origin is in the India Sub-Continent present day South Asia, anyone can celebrate this festival of light!

Sincerely,

“The Indian Girl” follow me at @A_Panth_Vision & @Meri_Sanskriti

Would to hear your cultural story!

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