Diwali (7 Nov)
India is known for a myriad of festivals and Diwali is one of the most popular one. Diwali or Deepavali also known as the festival of lights, and is the biggest festival celebrated around the world. People from all walks of life decorate their homes with "diyas", earthenware oil lamps, and candles.
It is a five-day festival, celebrated to commemorate the return of Shri Ram, the lord of virtue, to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. For some parts in India, it also marks the end of the harvest season and is the chance to give thanks by the farmers to Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. While the story behind Diwali and the manner of celebration varies from region to region, the festival is celebrated to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil. The carnival of lights is all about celebrating the power of love, honesty and happiness. All the religions in India celebrate this festival. Diwali is like the national carnival of India and the popularity of this festival is not only limited to India.
In India, Diwali is spectacular not just in terms of celebration but also in spends. It's a time for family and friends to get together and exchange delightful gifts. Buying goods & gifting to loved ones is an age old tradition and is considered auspicious. Similarly I would also like to mention that during festive seasons, when most of us think about our clothes, our house, and our happiness, we forget to include the less fortunate in our thoughts. This Diwali, let’s take charge and reach out to the under privileged people and spread smiles through atleast some charity and sharing, in however small way we can. Such noble deeds, not only lifts the festive mood but also contributes towards humanity, which is our duty.
Diwali is a festival which gives a significant message of evil being defeated by the good, in the same way we must try to eradicate the evils like jealousy, corruption, racism, violence etc from the society and create a positive atmosphere of amity, brotherhood and mutual understanding which will strengthen the society and the country as whole.
May the celebrations of Diwali this year help in bringing people closer and in making life prosperous and happy.
24.10.2018 Governor of Goa