It's been a long night of darkness in many parts of the world in recent years so celebrating Diwali this year becomes particularly significant. A triumph of light over dark and good over evil is most certainly in order.
Wherever you are and whatever your beliefs I hope that Hope is still alive for you and that you can share in the blessings of freedom and enlightenment.
Diwali (also called Divali or Deepavali) is a “festival of lights”. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called divas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night.
If you are not feeling the glow this week then you may like to try my remedy to lift the spirits- DANCE. Click here to learn some Diwali dance moves.
Here are my 5 favourite facts about Diwali:
1. In the region of Bengal people worship the goddess Kali, the destroyer of evil forces, during Diwali. And in Nepal, people celebrate Lord Krishna’s victory over the wicked king Narakaasura.
2. For many people, Diwali honours the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps are said to help Lakshmi find her way into peoples’ homes, bringing prosperity in the year to come.
3. Rangoli is a popular Diwali tradition –– beautiful patterns made using colourful powders and flowers. People draw rangoli on the floor by the entrance of their homes to welcome the gods and bring good luck.
4. It's not just about lights and legends –– Diwali is a time to have fun with friends and family. People exchange gifts and sweets, enjoy delicious feasts, watch firework displays and wear new clothes. It’s a time to clean and decorate your home, too.
5. The city of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, holds the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India. Every year, tens of thousands of people gather in the streets to enjoy vibrant shows of light, music and dancing.
15% off all RainbowLife candles until the end of October, to cheer your home. Click here for our collection.