Deepavali, or Diwali, is known as the festival of lights.
It is celebrated as the day that several auspicious events occurred. These include goddess Lakshmi emerging from the ocean of milk (The Churning of the Ocean), Rama’s return from exile (Ramayana), the Pandavas’ return from exile (Mahabharatha), and the day Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasura. Essentially, Deepavali is the celebration of good triumphing over evil.
It is believed that Lakshmi visits homes on this evening, bringing her blessings, so you light up your home to welcome her. This also symbolises lighting up ourselves, banishing evil and ignorance with love and enlightenment.
There’s also a lot of cleaning and sprucing up in the days before Deepavali, so that your home is at its best to welcome your divine guest. My family usually celebrates Deepavali by going to temple in the morning and visiting relatives after that, and throughout the day the celebrations involve plenty of yummy food and sweet treats. Deepavali also usually falls near my Mum’s birthday, and this year it’s on the same day. Happy Birthday Mum!
In my own home, I haven’t been able to pull off an Indian feast, but Rishi’s of George Street did the honours for us.
Meanwhile, today our car went for its MOT, and failed…so I’m taking this Deepavali as a lesson that grown up luxuries come with responsibilities. Hopefully Lakshmi will bless us with a not-too-large bill…And once it’s fixed up our little red car will be all happy and rejuvenated, and ready to take us on more adventures on the big road.
May this Deepavali bring us all the blessings of love, light, and enlightenment.