Divali, also known as Deepavali, will be celebrated on Saturday. The word Deepavali means, ‘a row of lights,’ and people celebrate by placing earthen lamps around and inside the house. Sweets are made, consumed and gifted on this day. Divali is also associated with fireworks, cleaning the house and purchasing new clothes and utensils.

My childhood memories of Divali celebrations in India are not very vivid, but I do remember clearly knowing the reason associated with this festival. In the Age of Treta, Lord Ram had come back to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile along with Mother Seeta and Lakshman. Residents of the kingdom had lit lamps to brighten the path for Shri Ram as He returned to them.

As time passes, Divali and other meaningful days lose their true significance and they are treated more and more as social events. People start fussing about Divali parties, making a guest list, what to buy and what to wear. Many don’t even know the reason behind this festival.

Divali inspires us to reflect on the story of Lord Ram and meditate on God. It is a perfect time to watch the serials on Ramayan and appreciate the divine pastimes of the Supreme Lord.

This Divali, try to see Shri Ramchandra in the earthen lamps, scrumptious sweets, fascinating firecrackers, Rangoli decorations and the fancy clothes. Welcome Shri Ram into your heart and implore Him to stay there.

Have a very devotional and fun filled Divali.


Yours,
?
Didi Ji

Yours,

Didi Ji