Why is Diwali important?
Diwali is derived from the contraction of the word, Deepavali, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit language which means row of lights. Diwali is one important festival being celebrated by believers of Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Popularly known as the festival of lights, this 5-day festivity is usually celebrated between the middle weeks of October and November. Traditional activities and practices are employed every time the Diwali festival is celebrated. Participants wear new clothes and engage into giving of sweets and sharing of food among families and friends. Each in this celebration signifies a specific event that represents wealth, goodness, worship, renewal and openness. Each day has a designated title which indicates what is being represented for that day. The celebration of Diwali varies in the many regions of India and in other parts of the world, this festivity is mostly commemorated where Hindu and Indian population are significantly large.
The celebration of Diwali is practiced by lighting small clay lamps filled with oil that symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. This is a form of commemorating the return of Lord Rama from a 14 year exile and defeating his one great enemy. The illumination of the kingdom with oil lamps and fireworks brought about by the celebration of its people became one important celebration, which until this day is highly recognized. Diwali is important because it reminds the people of India that there was once a noble man who sacrificed his life in prison and fought triumphantly against his villains to rule one great kingdom. Diwali is important because it exemplifies the natural power of goodness. The light is a guide for man to commit only to good deeds that will strengthen one’s faith and bring one closer to the divine Creator.