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Diwali, Festival of Lights

November 1, 2023 by Emily Moore

Diwali: A Festival of Lights and Joy

Q: Why did the lamp go to school during Diwali?

A: To get a little brighter!

Q: What did the firework say after it was done?

A: “I had a blast!”

Diwali is a cherished festival, observed by millions globally across various communities and cultures. At its core, the holiday celebrates the victory of light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance, and good over evil. Diwali derives its name from the small oil lamps (diyas) traditionally illuminated outside homes. The five-day festival encompasses feasts, fireworks, family gatherings, and moments of prayerful reflection. It’s an occasion to fortify cultural, familial, and spiritual connections.

The traditions of Diwali differ across regions, religious practices, and family customs, but the fifth day, known as Bhaiya Dooj, resonates with many. Bhaiya Dooj (which literally means “day of sibling love”), celebrates the sacred bond between siblings. On this day, brothers and sisters may participate in meaningful rituals, exchange gifts, share sweets, and simply acknowledge the special relationship between them. 

As someone who did not grow up with Bhaiya Dooj, I find the tradition incredibly compelling. I can’t help but imagine what the world would be like if more of us raised our children with the message that a brother or sister is a special gift and a person to celebrate rather than rival. I absolutely wish my kids had known about this special concept when they were little. Something to think about, for sure.

To those who observe it, Happy Diwali!​​​​​​​

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