In the midst of all the ghoulishness and turmoil of our western calendar, here’s a bright spot!
Every year in autumn, Indians are celebrating Diwali, or Deepavali, by lighting earthen lamps and distributing sweets. Firecrackers are part of it, too. So what’s it all about?
The “festival of lights” is a cornerstone of the Indian calendar. Each year, Indians celebrate – in a symbolic way – the eternal conflict between good and bad and (of course!) the victory of the good. Lighting lamps signifies the victory of light over darkness, and hope over despair.
In yogic terms this can be understood as a renewal of our inherent capacity for clarity in thought, word and action. Lighting a lamp signifies the dominance of sattvic qualities over rajas and tamas which are considered to be chaotic fluctuations.
And not only Indians in India are celebrating – Diwali is an official holiday in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji and Pakistan.
Here’s some eye candy, and maybe some inspiration for future trips!