Understanding Diwali: More than Just Fireworks

Riddhima Bora, IIK Young Reporter
Wednesday, November 8, 2023

In a faraway land, there was a festival that outshone all others. It was called Diwali. It was brighter than a supernova, more dazzling than a disco ball and more lit than a bonfire at a beach party.

Diwali dates back to ancient times, probably when dinosaurs were still debating whether to evolve into birds. It started as a harvest festival, where people celebrated the end of a successful crop season by lighting up their homes brighter than Las Vegas.

But here’s the twist- Diwali isn’t just about lights and feasting. It’s like a blockbuster movie with different versions for different audiences. For some, it’s the epic tale of Lord Rama returning home after a 14-year exile and a big fight with a ten-headed demon king of Lanka, Ravan. Imagine coming home after such a long time and your entire city is lit up like a Christmas tree, just for you!

And then there are those who celebrate it as the day when the third Sikh Guru, Guru Amar Das, institutionalized the festival of lights as an occasion for the Sikhs. It’s like having a family reunion, but with more lights and less awkward questions from relatives.
But no matter the story, the theme is the same: good triumphing over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. It’s like the universe’s way of saying, “In the end, everything’s going to be alright.”

Now, let’s talk about the stars of the show: Diya’s, Rangoli, Lanterns, and Sweets.

Diyas: These are not your ordinary lamps. They’re like the superheroes of Diwali, fighting off the evil spirits that apparently have an aversion to well-lit places. So, every Diwali, people light these diyas, essentially saying, "Not today, darkness. Not today!"

Rangoli: This is the art of welcoming guests with style. It’s like rolling out a red carpet, but instead of a carpet, it’s a beautiful, colorful design on the floor. And it’s not just for the mortal guests. It’s also a VIP (Very Important Pattern) for Goddess Lakshmi.

Lanterns: These are not just for reading ghost stories at night. During Diwali, lanterns are the undercover agents that keep the evil spirits at bay. Plus, they add a touch of glamour to the whole festival. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of sparkle?

Sweets: Last but not least, we have sweets, the universal language of love and cavities. They’re not just for satisfying your sweet tooth. They’re a way of spreading joy, love, and maybe a few extra pounds.

So, there you have it! The grand festival of Diwali, where lights triumph over darkness, houses turn into art galleries, lanterns double as security guards, and sweets become messengers of love. Isn’t that a festival worth celebrating?

And the best part is Fireworks. It’s like the sky joins in the celebration too. But remember, safety first!

Thus, Diwali is a time of joy, light, and victory. Now, who’s ready for some sweets? Happy Diwali to All!

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