I have a new, talented friend from India! INDIA! Ramesh is a writer and poet. I received this poem from him today.
“Here’s wishing a very Happy Diwali to you and your family!
On this beautiful Diwali,
The festival of lights,
May the stars rain on the roof
Of your house and
Settle themselves in
Rows of happiness and joy
Glittering whole night
May you find some moments
To be just yourself,
Truest and purest
Free from all the burdens
Let your eyes shine
With happiness & joy
The deepest core
Of your Heart
May your loved ones
Glow in your light
And you…… in theirs
Make it special this Diwali !
Ramesh Sood & Famiy
Seeking your good wishes and blessings, too!”
Diwali!? I admit my ignorance and had to look it up – another wonderful thing about the internet, information at my finger tips. Here’s Five Days of Diwali!Edited from: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Reenita Malhotra Hora & wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwal
“Diwali is one of the biggest festival of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival od Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. (I like it already!) People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.
The name “Diwali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. (Now that is GOOD )During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes (more good) and share sweets and snacks (Getting even better) with family members and friends.”
“On the first day of Diwali, housewives consider it auspicious to spring clean the home (not so sure about this one) and shop for gold (Excellent!) or kitchen utensils. (“OR” kitchen utensils? I know what I’d be shopping for)
The third day is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.
The fourth day is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.
On the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.
Even today in this modern world it projects the rich and glorious past of India and teaches us to uphold the true values of life. ”