The Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights,begins this Thursday, October 23rd. It’s a four day celebration which holds deep significance for your Hindu friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Here are a few things to know about Diwali:
Lights and firecrackers are everywhere during this time. Homes, businesses, and streets are transformed with lights, candles, and other decorations. The lights serve as a sign of respect to the heavens. Beyond the lights, there is a lot of noise during this celebration due to firecrackers. Setting off firecrackers demonstrates the joy of the people.
Each day has its own meaning. While different regions may celebrate with slight variations, generally-
- Day 1 (Naraka Chaturdasi) commemorates the defeat of the demon Naraka by Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.
- Day 2 (Amavasya) is dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
- Day 3 (Kartika Shudda Padyami) reminds people of how Vishnu defeated Bali and banished him to hell. Bali now returns to earth once a year to light lamps and dispel the darkness and ignorance, replacing them with love and wisdom.
- Day 4 (Yama Dvitiya) celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
Diwali represents the triumph of good over evil. The Diwali celebration is a happy one for Hindus. The physical lights are a spiritual reminder to Hindus of the hope of being lifted out of spiritual darkness.
For those living and working among Hindus. Many Southeastern students have gone to work among Hindus in South Asia. Pray that these four days of celebration will afford many opportunities to share about the true Light of the World (John 8:12).
For those who celebrate Diwali around the world. Pray that they would be lifted out of spiritual darkness and that the god of this age would no longer blind them to the light of the gospel (2 Corinthians 3-6).