Go Green with the Golden Lights of Deepavali

vpaulose By vpaulose, 4th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Deepavali means the ‘festival of lights’. It is an occasion to caste away all kinds of darkness from the world. It is an occasion of remembrance, feasts, fireworks, forgiveness, friendship and renewal of life.

Go Green with the Golden Lights of Deepavali

Deepavali, the festival of lights, is around us. The Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali’ means ‘a row of lamps’. A new life emerges with the flashing of silks, with decorated boxes of sweets and fruits and with the streaking of the sky with silver and golden fireworks. It is a rebirth into a sweet and sharing life. It is a time of getting together with family and friends.

Festival of lights

The Hindu people all over the world celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights. It commemorates victory of virtue over vice. It is an auspicious occasion to begin things afresh, removing all the defects that lead to loss and failures. Actually the inner meaning of this festival is, “the awareness of the inner light”. It is only when the inner light is awakened and humanity is enlightened with love and compassion, the darkness of ignorance can be dispelled.

Festival of casting away darkness

Deepavali celebrates the victory of goodness over evil, light over darkness, and ushers into the new lunar year of the Hindu calendar. For this event people prepare their houses by cleaning symbolically getting themselves ready for a new start. They wear new clothes. They sing, “Om asato ma sadgamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrityor ma amritam gamaya” which means, “Lead us from falsehood to truth; from Darkness to light; from Death to immortality and from Lethargy to Activity.”

Festival of a new beginning

With Deepavali, life takes on a delicious newness. As the sun turns honey-gold, there is the shivering anticipation on the edges of every starlit evening of winter waiting to return. It is a new beginning of a challenging new year that ushers with the new moon of Deepavali. People welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, luck, light, prosperity and wisdom. They also pray to Lord Ganesha, the “Remover of Obstacles” or the “Lord of Beginnings”.

Festival of senses

Deepavali feasts all the human senses. It is all fun, light and sound immersing us in joy of sharing. It is a delight to all the five senses and also a challenging call to the sixth sense. The skies turn into a beautiful canopy with the colorful fireworks. The lamps in row (Deepavali) remind us to dispel every darkness from our selfish hearts. It is an occasion of hearty songs and sweet melodies. The firecrackers rise to the sky with their bursting noise reminding the world that every evil should be annihilated. The fragrance of festival dishes fills the air and our nose. It is delight to the palate and taste buds with delicious sweets and snacks. It is a call to the whole humanity for a universal brotherhood of shared life.

Festival of unity

Parties, gifts, social gatherings with family and friends are the hallmarks of this festival. On Deepavali day, people exchange gifts, share firecrackers and fireworks, sit together and enjoy festive meals.

A Green Deepavali to add joy

New awareness is being created to make this festival greener and more joyful. Though the fireworks during this festival are fascinating and charming to eyes and ears, time has come for us to think of a green Deepavali. We have to think of the pollution it could create in the atmosphere. As cities are denser and people live in packed areas, fireworks may lead to accidents and health hazards. Hence it has become a necessity of the time to think of a green Deepavali which can make it more meaningful and more eco-friendly.

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Crackers, Deepavali, Delicious Sweets, Festival Of Lights, Fireworks, Sharing Joy, Victory Of Light

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