Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Celebrating Diwali

This year was Maya's first Diwali, which is a very important Hindu holiday. 
It is celebrated as largely as Christmas in the West. Sometimes it is called "the festival of lights" as many diyas and firecrackers are lit. The lights symbolize the victory of good over evil, and light over darkness. For an individual, it also represents choosing knowledge (inner light) over ignorance.
That is why I love this holiday - the meaning of celebrating is so poignant. It is said that when you choose awareness over ignorance, your true spirit is able to break through and one obtains inner peace.

This year we celebrated at the Mahalakshmi Temple in Vancouver. This is the temple we were married in & had Maya's 21st day punyajanam. This temple has always been very kind to us and it is run by a family from Bangalore. There were a handful of foreigners there, but mostly Indians. They were doing a beautiful Lakshmi puja when we arrived. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up in their traditional wear. My husband said you could tell which of the women were South Indian because they were the ones wearing silk sarees. We dressed Maya in her outfit that my husband had brought from Hyderabad. It was supposed to be for a 1 year old baby but it fit perfectly! We wanted to match her orange dress so we wore our matching outfits from our wedding reception in Hyderabad.

Next year we are aiming to celebrate either Diwali or Dussehra in Hyderabad. This will be mine & baby's first Diwali in India. Even though I've been 3x, we always miss Diwali! As I remember from celebrating Holi in Delhi, Indians are fabulous at celebrating these holidays, so I can't wait! And Diwali is the biggest one of them all...

Happy Diwali
தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துகள்
దీపావళి శుభాకా౦క్షలు
दिवाली की शुभकामनाएं


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