Published On: Sat, Nov 14th, 2020

The Sen Times wishes Happy Diwali to its viewers

Varanasi: Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all festivals in all over the world.

A festival marked by four days of celebration, Diwali is witnessed all around India and also celebrated in different parts the world. A beautiful and one of the most pious occasions, Diwali is the time that illuminates the country with its sheer magic and brilliance and dazzles people everywhere with joy and celebration.

Diwali is most often celebrated around late October or early November. According to the Hindu calendar, in the month of Kartik, Diwali falls on the 15th day, and hence it varies every year.

Pakistani Hindu refugees hold candles as they celebrate on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, during a visit by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician, in New Delhi, India November 13, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

All the four days in Diwali have their unique traditions that fill people with good, love, peace and a rejuvenated mind, not to forget unadulterated happiness.

In Bengal, the Diwali, is dedicated to the worship of the powerful goddess Kali, the goddess of strength.

The God Lord Ganesha is also worshipped in some homes on Diwali, because he is a symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom.

In Jain homes, Diwali has the added significance of marking the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana.

The Diwali is not only important to Hindus, but, is also celebrated among Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

For Hindus, it often signifies the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over Ravana.

Ram, on that special day, was welcomed to the kingdom of Ayodhya with rows of diyas (clay oil lamps), lightened throughout the kingdom. Thus, the tradition of lighting oil lamps on Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness.

Diwali, is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’ as homes, shops and public places are traditionally decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called Diyas, though electric lights and decorations are also commonly used.

Coronavirus guidelines have affected events this year and restrictions to curb coronavirus will impact how families and friends are able to celebrate Diwali this year.

The Sen Times encourages its viewers to mark Diwali as best they can – within the restrictions – to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Sen Times says, “though it is disappointing that this year you may not be able to mark Diwali as you would wish, we hope you are able to honor and enjoy the festival in your own way.

“Please make sure to keep to the restrictions whilst you’re celebrating and ensure you and others are safe and well.

“Wishing you the Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity and joy to you and all your family!”

TST

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