Diwali

Diwali

Divya Potta

This year’s Diwali celebration takes place from Nov. 2, 2021 to Nov. 6, 2021 and it is a special time of the year for Hindus as they get involved in many traditional festivities. 

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a five-day Hindu festival that celebrates the success of Rama, a powerful god, in his defeat of Ravana, an evil demon who destroyed peace on Earth. Diwali is also referred to as the Festival of Lights in which many light diyas (lamps) to purify themselves and defeat the evil spirit. It also honors the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The festival is all about new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Multiple varieties of savory dishes and sweets are made to cherish the season of harvest and feast with family and friends. Examples of sweets and dishes are rasmalai, gulab jamun, pakora, paneer tikka and samosas. Additionally, many superstitions are believed to be true. For instance, some believe that facing your diya to a specific direction like north or northeast can improve health and the overall stability of your family. Tanisha Baliga, a junior at Hamilton High School, shares how she and her family celebrate Diwali. 

When asked about her family traditions, she states, “My family has this one tradition where I am asked to cover my body with oil and sit with it on for an hour and a half. After that time, I can wash it off. It supposedly relieves me of sin and evil.” Baliga gracefully explains how the tradition is very dear to her heart and its place in their family. She also describes the joyous environment in her home during this special time. Baliga says, “My home always smells so sweet and during Diwali my mood is instantly lightened.” She refers to Diwali as a delightful celebration which sparks rejoicing happiness. Overall, it is a festival which many look forward to as many parts of culture and tradition come to life.