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Happy Diwali!

Nov 16, 2020, 15:49 PM

DiwaliWebObserved by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, Diwali is celebrated this year from November 12 through to November 16 commemorating the triumph of good over evil and symbolizing the deep relationship between humans and animals.

 

Diwali, also known as, Deepawali and Bandi Chor Divas, is one of India's biggest festivals. Deepawali means rows of lighted lamps. Observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists, Diwali is celebrated this year from November 12 through to November 16 commemorating the triumph of good over evil and symbolizing the deep relationship between humans and animals.

 

During this time, homes are decorated with candles and Diya wherein families extend their gratitude to Lakshmi, Ganesha and the return of Rama and Ayodhya. The festival tells the story of Rama returning home after a glorious victory saving his wife from Ravana. The joy is felt through the burning of effigies of Ravana, rangoli displays at entrance ways and fireworks displays. The spirit of the Goddess Lakshmi visits each home to bring prosperity and wealth. Homes are cleaned and prepared to ensure her arrival.

 

Families and communities gather to share various culinary treats like barfi, ladoos, samosa, aloo tikki and many other items especially prepared for the occasion.

 

Bandi Chhor Divas

 

"Bandi" meaning "prisoner" and Chorr meaning "release" is also referred to as "Day of Liberation" which is a Sikh festival coinciding with the day of Diwali, on November 14 this year. According to Sikh history, on this day Guru Hargobind was released from prison by Emperor Jahangir, while also freeing an additional 52 Hindu Kings. Honouring this day allows each of us to contemplate the sufferings of others before our own and to understand that the freedoms and rights of others are just as important as our own.

 

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To all who celebrate, we wish you a happy and blessed Diwali!