Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is the most awaited and the most celebrated festivals of India.
The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that we light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.
Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.
Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:
- In northern India, they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
- Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
In all interpretations, Diwali marks the victory of good over evil.
Diyas, Rangolis and Torans
Diwali 2017 is approaching soon, and it is time to get into the preparation activities! Get the Diyas ready, prepare the Torans, plan the Rangoli and more. This year, engage your children in preparing for the festival with the wonderful line up of events and workshops. From Science and Activity Camps to Storytelling, Shopping events, Diya Decorations, Toran Making, Diya Painting, Lantern making and more, there is something for everyone!
Hurry and get started with Diwali preparations to share happiness and illuminate home and heart!