Diwali or Deepavali, the “festival of lights” is a very auspicious festival, and as it’s related to lights what better way to describe this occasion. It is one of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, celebrating the victory of light over darkness – good over evil. “Diyas” oil lamps are lit to welcome Lord Rama’s return after 14 years of exile. Diwali is also associated with the goddess of prosperity Lakshmi, and marks the beginning and a prosperous year.
Light brings brightness and happiness and in my ways to describe Diwali is simply a message to appreciate the good things in life. Everyday can be celebrated as Diwali but in the Hindu calendar today is the auspicious day and as our lives is very much dictated by the lunar moon/sun Diwali celebration falls on a specific day every year.
The most important of all is that Diwali is a time to treasure and to remind us of the good over the bad things in life, and the fact is good things always prevails over the bad. And the message is no matter what, we need to surrender to goodwill, and what better way to show our good will is to share.
For that reason to celebrate Diwali many food are prepared both savoury and sweets and shared amongst friends and family. It’s one way of saying “I Care” about “you” rather than just me, meaning let’s forget about selfishness. Sharing sweets and food has certain meaning and in my view it’s sheer happiness of sharing to those who are less fortunate and in need.