Ok. What - a - festival! The mother of all Indian festivals! Diwali. The festival of lights. Last year, we celebrated in Goa, so this is our first Diwali at home- in Mumbai! And you know, we have been preparing and decorating. We have lit our diyas and put out our rangolis. We have been celebrating with friends and neighbors - and yet we are just in the middle of the festival! About time I popped in to wish you, dear reader, a Happy Diwali as well, I think!
Today is the maybe most important day, the day when goddess Lakshmi is worshiped. A day to gather with loved ones, to enjoy good food and sweets, and to welcome Lakshmi, praying she will bring wealth, health, and good fortune to your home. And send up fireworks - not to forget! That might also have been yesterday by the way - the fireworks:-)
At Diwali we celebrate that light concur darkness and the victory of good over evil. Hindus have some important events associated with Diwali. One is the return of lord Rama to the kingdom Ayodhya after his 14 years in exile. He was then welcomed with arrays of diyas, the small clay lamps - which we see outside every home, and along the streets during this festival.
Happy Diwali, dear reader. I wish you the best.