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Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Today is not only Guy Fawkes, but also Diwali.

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is an important 5-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism which occurs between mid-October and mid-November.

For Hindus, this is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated by families performing traditional activities. The name Diwali is a contraction of the name “Deepavali” which translates into row of lamps.

Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

As per Wikipedia:

“While Deepavali is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light". Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Deepavali as the "victory of good over evil", refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (joy or peace). Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Deepavali is the celebration of this Inner Light.

While the story behind Deepavali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region (festive fireworks, worship, lights, sharing of sweets), the essence is the same – to rejoice in the Inner Light (Atman) or the underlying Reality of all things (Brahman).”

May the Goddess of wealth and the God of Knowledge bless you with their choicest blessings. On this Diwali and always!

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