Hello my lovelies, are you excited about November? This month has started on a high and festive note for those in India as people across the country get together to celebrate the biggest festival of the year – Diwali.
Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights”, is one of the most awaited festivals in the country. It is also the most auspicious, as it marks the beginning of a new calendar year. There are several mythological tales associated with Diwali, but the most popular one centers around the mythical King Rama. It marks the return of King Rama after his victory over the evil king Ravana and to welcome him back home, people across the country decorate their houses and roads with bright lights and flowers.
In modern India, people typically start preparations for the festival by cleaning their homes, decorating them with lights, colors and candles, feasting with friends and family and praying to the Gods for a prosperous and blessed new year. Since this is a highly auspicious period, some people also buy new assets like a house, car, furniture, or jewelry during this time. There is never a dull moment during the five day period, with lots of feasting and partying with loved ones on the agenda.
For me, Diwali means lots of sparkling lights, good food and quality time with family. It is one of my favorite festivals, and I love taking out time to decorate the house with twinkling lights, or create a multi colored Rangoli pattern outside our door. Symbolically, Diwali marks a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. For years now, I have observed that any new developments in my life typically spring up during this time. Whether it is a new job, a promotion or just about any other news, I typically get to hear of it just before or during the festival days. So stay tuned for some exciting news in the days to come!
Diwali is one of the most positive times of the year, a time to be thankful for the past and optimistic about our present and future. It is a time to start something fresh and trust the magic of new beginnings. It is a time to believe, a time to hope and a time to focus on all things good so that the same will follow in the new year! On the night of Diwali, a thousand lights and colors will brighten up the night sky and charge the air around us with positive energy. During this magical time, focus on the good and let go of all your troubles.
There will be no more blog posts this week as I will be spending more time offline than online, but be sure to check back next week for new sparkle posts. Meanwhile, enjoy some pictures of the Diwali decor at our house this year. Happy Diwali everyone, and wish you a very prosperous new year!