Last week, my house in Pittsburgh was filled with lights, love, and laughter as the MSPM batch came together to celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Considered one of the biggest holidays in India, this festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is the time of the year to deck your home, buy new clothes, make yummy delicacies, and exchange gifts with one another.
Significance of Diwali
As the ancient story goes, Lord Rama was deprived of his kingdom and sent to exile for 14 long years. Diwali marks Rama’s victory over the evil spirit Ravana and his return to the kingdom with his wife and brother. To welcome their lovable prince, the villagers lit the path of their return with thousands of oil lamps which were made of clay or mud.
Quick checklist for next Diwali-
- Dress in your traditional best.
- Get creative and make your colorful Rangoli (colorful patterns created on the floor).
- Make homemade sweets and feast together with friends & family.
- Decorate your house with lights to attract Goddess Lakshmi’s attention and guide her toward your home for her blessings.
- Perform Laxmi Pooja- The lights of Diwali also signify a time of inner illumination. Many indulge themselves in spirituality by worshipping lords to cultivate spiritual wealth.
- Enjoy Gambling- Gambling during Diwali is considered auspicious. As per tradition, it is believed whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout the year.