Diwali, meaning ‘festival of lights,’ is one of the most widely celebrated occasions in the year. Diwali is observed not only by Hindus, but also by Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs. The festival marks the traditional New Year’s Eve. It symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance".
Diwali is one of the most exciting festivals of the year for several communities around Australia and the world. The term Diwalioriginates from the Sanskrit term Deepavali, meaning numerous candles. The candles used for Diwali celebrations represent knowledge and love and are a physical representation of wiping out the darkness of ignorance and hatred. Above all, Diwali is a celebration of joy and hope, and celebrants exchange gifts and sweets to spread the love around!
The Story of Diwali
The Diwali story is one of the original good conquers evil, superhero defeats super-villain stories in the world. A thousand years ago, the evil king Ravana was exploiting the planet and torturing everyone who lived on it. After many misdeeds, Ravana committed his final crime when he kidnapped Sita, the beautiful wife of our hero, Prince Rama. Rama’s subsequent journey through forests and oceans to rescue his wife is an epic adventure tale – one which culminates with the death of Ravana, and the triumphant return of the victorious couple. The yearly celebration of Diwali honours this joyous occasion, and to this day the festival still symbolizes the power of virtue over vice.
Diwali celebrations are marked with colourful decorations, beautiful lights, sparklers, and delicious food. You may notice colourful designs made from rice flour, called rangoli, outside the homes of Indian friends. People visit each other and exchange sweets and gifts. Prayers and lamps are also lit to worship Goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and invite prosperity to the house.
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