हैप्पी दीवाली 2015!

Happy Diwali 2015!

This Wednesday, November 11, 2015, marks the first day of Diwali!

Diwali (or Deepavali in Sanskrit) literally means “a row of lights”. This five day festival, which is the biggest and most colorful in India, honors the victory of good over evil and brightness over darkness. It celebrates Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom of Ayodhya, following Rama and monkey god Hanuman’s defeat the demon King Ravana and rescue of Sita from his evil clutches (on Dussehra). Diwali is always celebrated in accordance with the Hindu calendar and the position of the moon….the darkness of the New Moon.  The fesitival is celebrated by lighting candles to drive away darkness.

To all my dear friends, may the warmth and splendor that are a part of this auspicious occasion fill your life with happiness and cheer, and bring to you joy and prosperity for the whole year.