Wishing you a very Happy Diwali!
May be, one of the few times on ActiveRain, this is the title. Though this year, it's seen in headlines on news channels, thanks to President Obama's visit to India.
Obama became the first president to observe the holiday last year in a ceremony at the White House, and this year took part in festivities held at a school in Mumbai.
And here is the message delivered by him on this occasion -
What is Diwali?
Here is the definition of Diwali from Wiki ...
Deepavali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Jainism, andSikhism, occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is the most important festival of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes
Deepavali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses dependent on the agrarian cycle, and is the last major celebration before winter. Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead.
And what is the significance of Diwali?
In one sentence - As much as it is for Thanksgiving/Christmas in US.
Wishing Active Rain community - A very Happy Diwali
( and prosperous year of blogging at A R....:-))