Festival of the Year's End and New Beginnings
End of October/beginning of November Northern Hemisphere
End of April/beginning of May Southern Hemisphere
Diwali: Festival of Lights
Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals.
The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas
For many Indians this five day festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
People start the new business year at Diwali, and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year.
Lamps are lit to help Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes.
They also celebrate one of the Diwali legends, which tells of the return of Rama and Sita to Rama's kingdom after fourteen years of exile.
Also you might like to watch a rather sweet BBC children's educational video:
Divali and New Beginnings
“Love and Light”
“Love Dispels Fear”
“Stopping, Calming, Resting, Healing”
“Just this moment”
“Each in breath, a new beginning.
Each out breath a complete letting go”
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