Diwali celebrations

Diwali or, more appropriately, Deepawali (from Sanskrit, literally meaning a row of lighted “diyas” – clay lamps) is also popularly referred to as the “Festival of Lights”.  It is an important and popular Hindu festival and, thanks to the ever-increasing Indian diaspora, is now celebrated internationally with a lot of pomp and show (and noise, …

Essence of Diwali

Growing up in India, Diwali and Holi were my favourite festivals.  These were two occasions that were especially popular, celebrated together by families, neighbours and entire communities.  Popularly referred to as the Festival of Lights outside India, Diwali will be celebrated this year on October 19. I remember how preparations for Diwali would start weeks …