This auspicious day is celebrated amongst Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs all over the world.
It's an important day for many reasons. Aside from the colorful decorations, sparklers, brightly lit diyas (ornament candles) and the quintessential sweets, the celebration of Diwali goes far deeper.
It's a time when good triumphs over evil, where the dormant become enlightened and where Love for all reigns supreme.
In sanskrit Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. The reasons why diyas are lit vary for the different faiths in India.
How Indians Celebrate
- In North India, Diwali marks the return of the Hindu Lord Rama as he comes back home to Ayodhya after defeating the Lord Ravana. The lighted lamps represent a path for his way home and it's also symbolic of good over evil.
- In South India, it's when Lord Krishna defeats the demon Lord Narakasur and represent the same concept of good over evil as the North.
- In Jainism, it marks the nirvana or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira.
- In Sikhism it marks the day that Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru was freed from imprisonment.
No matter how you celebrate, Diwali is a time to get together with loved ones and bring in the New Year with a clean slate.
We at Bharat Bazar would like to wish you all a Happy and safe Diwali!