3rd November 2021 Dr Beena
Hello everyone. Jen requested my thoughts on Deepavali/Diwali. Hence, I had to paint something. I painted this little turquoise blue glass lamp with a glowing flame on khadi paper. I wrote about this paper some time ago.
Now we know Diwali is a festival celebrated by Indians everywhere. I just learnt that Newar Buddhists celebrate Diwali too. Diwali is a festival of lights and about good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. I find that we need this universal festival at a time of great darkness and chaos in this world where ignorance and untruths seem to rule the day.
However, Jen was more interested in how my family celebrated this festival. My mom would make special snacks and, my father would buy sweet snacks like laddoo and Mysore Pak. Nevertheless, my mom still made the banana halva (a challenging dish). We would wake up early in the morning and have oil baths. Yes, it is like an oil massage. Then we wore new clothes and went to the temple. I liked visiting my father’s friends as they would serve those delicious laddoos😊. Our Indian neighbours would drop in and give us some of their special snacks. It was such a feast😊😊. In the evening, my parents would let us play with those fireworks that looked like sparkling dandelions.
That is what I used to think about Diwali when I was young. However, I understand the concept of Diwali better now. It is a meaningful festival. Most festivals are celebrated with lights and not in darkness. But here, the meaning of light means an awakening of thoughts about right over wrong. It is about embracing truth over lies. In this present time, when we are overwhelmed with fake news, it is refreshing to reflect on what is real. Hence, it is not about a festival but for us to awaken ourselves in our daily living. We can all do better in numerous ways to keep our Earth from destruction. Each of us has that light that shines😊.
With that thought, I wish everyone a Happy Diwali😊😊. My thoughts about Diwali are my personal views. I am pretty sure there are more views but, I am unaware of them. I hope some of our readers share their thoughts😊.