City of lights celebrates the festival of lights

Diwali: Celebration of inner light of self knowledge that dispels darkness of ignorance caused by ego, evils and vices

One of the main stories surrounding Diwali is that it celebrates the day Lord Rama returned to his homeland, Ayodhya, after defeating the demon king, Ravana.

We wish all our Hindu readers a blessed day! The presence of fearless soldiers, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope and generates new energy among crores of Indians.

"We talked to our students and thought that we'd provide the budget and some guidance and arrangements and the students provide the creativity, colour and the history associated with Diwali", said Eleanor Anderson, director of enrolment services at Cape Breton University. On this day, people purchase gold, silver or copper utensils as it is considered auspicious.The Hindi financial year starts with Diwali and hence, this day is auspicious for traders and businessmen.

Diwali is filled with diyas, which are clay candles, that are lit in their thousands during Diwali, there are plenty of fireworks displays and people light sparklers making for a truly magical image of the festival for people around the world.

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He added that the new year in the Hindu calendar will start today (Friday) and celebrations will continue for three days. "Let us share our happiness with the needy".

Noting that the Festival of Lights marks a long tradition of victory through perseverance the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, Congresswoman Barbara Lee said that in these challenging times, Diwali offers all an opportunity to celebrate peace with families and communities. It should also be noted that all dharmic faiths have a relation to Deepavali and celebrate it in variousforms, including Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

I've been proud to host Diwali celebrations at the White House-and be the first President to light the Diya in 2009. We also decorate our houses with handsome flowers and a lot of diyas to welcome her home.

Rangoli are traditional Indian floor designs that are made in doorways of homes and courtyards are a welcoming gesture to the gods who will visit during Diwali. "It's mostly about bringing the family together and celebrating life".

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