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By: Siddharth Manne
Diwali is celebrated in some of the most culturally diverse places on the planet, and is interpreted differently based on where someone lives. North Indian Hindus celebrate this festival by marking the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya following the defeat of Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. South Indian Hindus interpret this holiday as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura, while west Indians celebrate the day Lord Vishnu sent King Bali to rule the nether world.
Regardless of faith, Diwali has become a national holiday for all Indians, celebrating the growth of good and the defeat of evil. The most important part of the holiday is the celebration of the goddess of prosperity and wealth, Lakshmi. Some even believe that this is the day she married Lord Vishnu.
Although we won’t be seeing as many fireworks this year, the spirit of Diwali will go on! In order to be more environmentally friendly, you can light homemade diyas, decorate your home with flowers and lights, or make colourful rangolis. Signaling strength and generosity, these methods of celebrations are thought to bring good luck.
We are only a few days away from Diwali, and everyone is eager to get together with their families! With the history of this holiday stretching back over 2,500 years, remembering our culture and the history of Diwali is extremely important to ensure a connection to our heritage and beliefs. To those of you who will celebrate this joyous festival, I hope you stay safe and wish all of you a very happy Diwali!
(Sources: USA Today, History)
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