Day 301: Diwali

Today is the day that everyone returned to the office from their Diwali celebrations. For a longtime, the only things I knew bout Diwali was that it was a time of celebrations and samosas. Over the years I have learnt a lot more about Diwali and Indian food and thought I should share some of my knowledge (on Diwali not the food).

  • Diwali is a five days festival.
  • It is a celebration of light: the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.
  • It is not only celebrated by Hindus but by Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists as well.
  • Hindus celebrate the return of deities Rama and Sita to Ayodhya after their 14-year exile.
  • Sikhs celebrate the release from prison of the sixth guru Hargobind Singh.
  • Jains celebrate the moment Lord Mahavira (the founder of Jainism) reached a state called Moksha (nirvana, or eternal bliss).

To all those celebrating this wonderful festival, I say Happy Diwali.

Thank you for reading.

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