Happy Diwali!

Today, November 13, 2012, is the most important day of the 5 day Diwali festival, celebrated all over India. Read about it on JacobienTravels Facebook Page or below.

Diwali

The Diwali festival – also known as the Festival of Lights – is one of the most popular festivals in India and marks the victory of brightness over darkness, of good over evil. The date is set by the Hindu calender and depends on the cycle of the moon. People light tiny diyas (small clay lamps) to illuminate their homes with bright light and create colourful designs on the floors of their livingrooms and courtyards . Because of the lights, fireworks and sweets involved, it’s a great favourite with children.

Although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India, The Times of India summed up the modern meaning of Diwali:

“Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple – and some not so simple – joys of life”.

 

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