Diwali the festival of light - more than a New Year party

The Indian Festival of Lights is the most joyfully celebrated festival for Indian people on the sub-continent and around the world. Diwali or Deepavali, (which literally means rows of lights) is a new year festival heralding the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.  

It is the time of year when Hindus and adjacent religions literally 'clean house', as cleaning is one of the many rituals of Diwali. But religious or not, it is an opportunity to make space for the new, to reaffirm friendships, connect to family and celebrate the simple joys of life. 

According to the Hindu calendar, this year Diwali will fall on November 7, 2018. 

Why is Diwali celebrated?

Today more than ever, Diwali is celebrated to promote tolerance, peace, harmony and hope. 

There are several mythological origins to this vibrant observance - as varied as the people of the Indian sub-continent itself. Whether you're a northerner, a southerner, a Tamil, from the east or the west, a Hindu, Sikh, Jain or Buddhist, and whether you honour King Rama, Krishna, Vishnu or Goddess Kali defeating whichever demon was casting the world in darkness, evil and ignorance, the end result is the same: the triumph of goodness! 

"The telling of these myths  are  a reminder of the Hindu belief that good ultimately triumphs over evil."

Diwali manifests as an abundant outpouring of love, joy and happiness expressed with light, colour, gifts, dancing, decorations (rangoli) food and festivities, and the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Parvati and Shiva... as well as a few others in the Hindu pantheon. 

Righteousness, self-inquiry and the importance of knowledge is the path to overcoming the "darkness of ignorance". 

Diwali wishes & greetings

It's little wonder that it's also a festival that Indian's love sharing with any and every other culture who cares to know or learn more, as FutureYou's Neha Jain, Principal Consultant Finance & Accounting points out in this brief, colourful video. She explains the symbolism behind the colours, the candles, the sweets and the clothing of her favourite time of the year. 

With open arms, Neha not only invites you to enjoy Diwali,  but explains to everyone can partake in Diwali 2018.

Inclusiveness, knowledge, self-awareness, kindness, empathy and celebration -  sounds like the sort of philosophy everyone can get behind.

Happy Diwali! 

How to say Happy Diwali in Hindi - Diwali mubarak
How to say Happy Diwali in Punjab - Tuhanu Diwali diyan boht both vadhaiyan
How to say Happy Diwali in Marathi - Diwalichya hard Shubhechha
How to say Happy Diwali in Tamil - Deepavali Nalvazhthukal

Diwali decorations - Rangoli