The one day in India when all the workers could relax and have fun. The day we celebrate Ram killing Ravan in the Mahabarat thereby showing the significance of good over evil.The day we light diyas. All I know, it’s a good day – I love it. The time of year when we clean our house, do a puja (prayer) to Ganesh to bring us blessings and prosperity for the new year. The Festival of Lights.You should know…you’re name is part of it. Google it.
All answers I got when I asked “What does Diwali mean?” Though, I do have to say I was a bit surprised by the initial ummms, uhhhs, wait….and a Is this for your blog? I could have gone the easy route and just Googled it (Thanks Dad). It’s not that I didn’t know the answer(s) to it, I guess I just wanted to see what others knew about it, from their perspectives or backgrounds. Yes, I am just that inquisitive (I also see the life of a journalist on my horizon). With that being said, I Googled it. Out of all the responses – none were wrong, all of them significant.
To me, it signifies a person’s inner-light, who they are and who they want to become. It’s the time of year when each person takes a moment to reflect on their past and what’s to come – the start of a new year, a new beginning. For you to let go of anything that is holding you back – thoughts, fears, negativity and put into perspective what you want and how you’re going to get yourself there. To remember what you’ve learned, to stay positive and to find the strength or hope you need to move on each day, keep loving and to just live the way you want to live.
I wish anyone who happens to stumble upon this blog to have a very Happy Diwali (meaning, eat A LOT of yummy goodies) and I hope this year brings you everything that you want.
Here are a few snapshots of Diwali preparations at our house.
All images taken by Jyoti Patel. If you’d like to borrow an image please notify me beforehand. Thanks!