Article contribution by Bansari Gujar P'28
Today marks the first day of celebrations for the five day festival of Diwali.
Diwali or Deepavali (Row of Lights) is the most important celebration for Hindus worldwide. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and of light over darkness. According to one of the Hindu calendars, many will also be ringing in the New Year - 2076, to be exact.
During Diwali, homes are decorated with lights and intricate patterns called rangolis. Families prepare and enjoy lots of food and exchange presents. It is also the time for intense reflection, prayers, and expressing gratitude for life's many blessings. While the celebrations will undoubtedly be subdued this year, the time for reflection and expressing gratitude is much more meaningful now more than ever.
Happy Diwali to those who celebrate! May the lights of the Diyas bring you peace and good health.