Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Festival of Lights

Happy Diwali and Happy New Year


Today (November 03 2103)  is Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Indians all over the world.

Diwali marks the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The people rejoiced and lit lamps in his honour marking the end of the dark days when Lord Rama was in exile and the commencement of Lord Rama's reign as king which was a period of great joy and prosperity for the people.

That tradition of lighting lamps or little diyas continues today. It signifies the end of darkness and the start of new things, of happy and bright days. Hence some communities (mine included) celebrate the day after Diwali as the New Year.

Diwali always brings great surprises and I had an unexpected visit from my lovely friend that brought me great joy today.

And here are my little lamps - in keeping with tradition - my quiet celebration of Diwali. Not quite the traditional diyas but good enough I think.



Wishing you all good health, wealth and prosperity, peace, happiness, love, and many blessings.

May your path be a joyful one and may His light be ever present.


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17 comments:

  1. Happy Diwali to you, Suzy!
    I love lamps!

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    1. Thanks Vidya. I love the little ones. I bought some really cute ones in India some years ago but never remember to bring them out at Diwali - maybe their time hasn't arrived yet :)

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  2. This is my second Diwali in India. I am in the final month of a six month stay. I'll return home to San Francisco December 3, in time for my first grandchild's first Christmas. I'm busy working on her Christmas stocking. Happy Diwali to you.

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    1. Thanks Rnsane. Celebrating Diwali in India is magical. I miss that and hope that in the near future I will be there again to celebrate. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in India - my birth country and one so close to my heart. Namaste and joy to you.

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  3. Beautiful Spanish light rays to you
    with sunny warm weather greetings from Málaga, Spain! :)
    BLOGitse

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    1. Thanks Blogitse. Enjoy your stay in Spain.

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  4. Your diyas are looking just beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Deepavali.:-)

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    1. Thanks Rekha. I enjoyed the day. I hope you had a good one too.

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  5. Thank you, Suzy. I am only vaguely familiar with Diwali. My son-in-law has half Indian descent. His grandfather came to Trinidad when he was young, as a bond slave.

    Enjoy your stay in Spain. We like Spain but not as well as the U.K.
    ..

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    1. Thanks Jum. I would love to visit Spain but it's actually Blogitse who is visiting. I wish I was though!

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  6. Wishing you the same, my friend!
    A Diwali which is extra colorful and filled with lights and happiness!

    Thanks for linking up :) Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. May your year be truly blessed.

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  7. I just love the idea of a festival of lights. It must be so beautiful!

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  8. Nice post Suzi, Great to know the story behind the festival. Happy festival of lights :-)
    Thank you for linking up this post for 'Diwali Celebration 2015'.

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