Happy Diwali!

November 6, 2018

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What is Diwali?

Diwali, or Deepavali, is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row(avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.


Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:

  • In northern India they celebrate the story of King Rama's return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
  • Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
  • In western India the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the nether world.

In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

How is Diwali Celebrated?

Below is a link to a powerpoint prepared by BSES families 2 years ago when India was the focus of our Art and Literature Fling:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iiyK6yjvk9rlVapmMrb1BuUjap0v78Hm06jUDfCZA-E/edit?usp=sharing


Also below is a Youtube video from National Geographic about the celebration of Diwali in India.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrW3rO51ak

We wish a Happy Diwali to our families celebrating this holiday!

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