Diwali Festival 2016
The Festival of Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest, brightest and “funnist” of all Hindu festivals. While its origin is Hindu the festival is also celebrated by many Buddhists as well. The name Deepawali roughly translates to “a row of lights”. Light and colour is a major feature of the festival. In 2016 the festival culminates after four days on Sunday October 30th.
The four days of Diwali have their own unique tale based on myth and legend. The first day, Naraka Chaturdasi, signifies the destruction of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. The second day, Amavasya, focuses on worship of the Goddess Lakshmi who delivers wealth, happiness and fulfilling. One this second day the Lord Vishnu, in his dwarf incarnation, destroyed the tyrant Bali and banished him to hell. However Bali was allowed to return to earth once a year when the light a millions lamps would dispel darkness and ignorance and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. The fourth day, Yama Dvitiya, sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
All the rituals of Diwali relate to parts of the ancient story. The illumination of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. The sound of fire-crackers are said to be an indication of the joy of the people living on earth and the noise makes the gods aware of their plentiful state.
So please enjoy Diwali 2016 and let there be light, noise and lots of fun.