Celebrate Diwali, and the triumph of light over darkness
Celebrate Diwali, and the triumph of light over darkness – 5. November 2018

Celebrate Diwali, and the triumph of light over darkness

Today is the first day of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated by millions of people in India and around the world. Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Will you make a gift to SOS Children’s Villages this Diwali?


 

By Neil Ghosh
 
Today is the first day of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated by millions of people in India and around the world. Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

I have countless fond memories from my childhood in Calcutta, India, but my memories of Diwali are some of my absolute favorites. It wasn’t just watching the dark night sky light up from thousands of diyas, but the deeper meaning of the holiday that makes it special to me.
 
Diwali celebrations last for five days. During the first two days, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices as a symbol of the cleansing, purifying power of the monsoon rains that are typical in India during this season.
 
It’s traditional to wash money in milk, to symbolize the renewal of good intentions and the motivation to use it to benefit family and the greater good. It’s also a time for sharing wealth with those one considers deserving and to replace feelings of greed with generosity.
 
Will you make a gift to SOS Children’s Villages this Diwali?
 
The biggest, most joyful celebration is reserved for the third day. On this night, the darkest of the lunar month, we light candles to show the triumph of good over evil and homecoming. We gather with friends and family for a joyful feast and offer prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, for happiness in the coming year. We place diyas on the ground to light a path home through the darkness. Many Hindus leave their doors and windows open to welcome Lakshmi into their homes.
 
On the fifth day, the day of love between siblings, Hindus pray for the long life of their brothers and sisters and honor each other with gifts, showing their commitment to loving and protecting one another.
 
Too many children around the world lack the care and security of a family. The celebration of Diwali with relatives, friends, and the neighborhood helps children to grow into adults who are motivated to participate in society and shape their communities.
 
All of us, regardless of faith, can observe the beauty of the Diwali tradition. We can open our hearts and minds to new people and new ideas. We can illuminate a path home for friends and neighbors. And, during the darkest times, we can gather and light up our communities with joy, kindness and generosity.
 
No matter what you celebrate, we at SOS Children’s Villages USA are wishing you a holiday season as colorful and luminous as the lights of Diwali.

Dedicate Diwali to someone you love by donating to our Facebook fundraiser.

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