Rewind…Thousands of years ago:
Rama a Hindu god, returned to his people after 14 years of exile. He fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness).
The victory of Rama released the goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi. It is believed that Lakshmi roams the Earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright.
Till this day, Hindu’s observe the moon cycle to determine when the next celebration of light over darkness (Diwali) should take place
Pause & play … 19th October 2017
The moon has positioned today as the celebration of lights again (Diwali) . Its not just the celebration of lights but the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Diwali celebration would take place for 5 days today is the first.
The goddess of light approaches, she only enters homes that are clean and bright to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness. Hindu’s try to pay off their old debts, make or buy new clothes and thoroughly clean their houses as part of the festival preparations
House exteriors are whitewashed and sometimes decorated with designs drawn in white rice flour and filled in with color. Buildings are traditionally illuminated with oil-burning bowls called dipa lights, or more recently, with strings of artificial lights.
People spend time with their friends and family. How to celebrate share gifts and recite prayers in the name of happy, healthy futures.
World leaders in Diwali Spirit
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Lit the Diwali candle yesterday.