Diwali Blessings!

A lovely article by Anj……

Anj Handa


Today is Diwali, aka the “festival of lights”. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn and coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month. It’s extra special this year as it also falls on today’s new moon solar eclipse.

Religiously, there are quite a few variations as to why Diwali is celebrated. My extended family believe Diwali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and wife of the god Vishnu. Diya (small clay candle holders) or tea lights are placed around the home to welcome her blessings and we do a puja (prayer) to her.  Good food is eaten, fireworks are lit and if others turn up, sometimes there is card -playing (with pennies) to invite prosperity (we’re not orthodox, so the latter probably isn’t a great example of a devout Hindi ritual)!

Other Hindus believe that Diwali is…

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