Diwali: Entering the Season of Light

It is the time when Indians around the world gather with family and friends to observe Diwali (also called Deepavali) a festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs, each for reasons specific to their religious traditions. The five days of celebration crescendo on the middle day, this year, November 4.

Diwali is the most important holiday of the Indian calendar, a bit like Christmas and New Year’s rolled into one. The festival is alive with popping firecrackers, glowing oil lamps, and the sweet smoke of burning incense. It’s a time for joyful feasting with family and friends, for eating traditional foods, and giving gifts of sweets to our loved ones. Diwali is a time to reflect upon the year that has passed, and upon hope for the year to come.

Indians from Mumbai to Miami celebrate the triumph of good over evil with thousands of small oil lamps – called diyas – burning brightly to dispel the darkness and, symbolically, the evil of the world. In a larger sense, each lamp also represents the goodness in all of us. It’s at once a time of hope, and a celebration of love and generosity. It’s a joyful recognition of the inner light that dwells in every human being.

Wherever you’re from, whatever your background, we wish you every blessing as you gather together with family and friends to celebrate the holidays of your own tradition. From our house to yours, we extend our sincere hopes that you may experience this season of light as a time of joy, togetherness, and deep spiritual peace.

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