Diwali is one of the most awaited festival in India. It is celebrated with utmost fervor and pomp. Everyone from kids to elders are dressed in their newest of clothes and there is a feeling of harmony everywhere. The core idea of Diwali is to celebrate the the good in everything. The victory of good over evil is celebrated by lighting up the houses as much as possible. Light is prime importance not only in Diwali but many other festivals worldwide. Here in India the Festival of lights is Diwali, yet around the world light finds symbolism in many other festivals.
The Jewish festival of Hannukah is called the Festival Of Lights in Jerusalem which celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. The most important part of this festival is of lighting the candles on a menorah at night. It is celebrated for 8 days and nights.
Kwanzaa is a festival which was founded by Maulana Karenga to make Africans Americans aware of the traditional African Culture. The core of the festival are the 7 principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Each day for 7 days a candle is lit in the evening and one principle is discussed.
Lantern Festival, China
The Lantern Festival of China marks the last day of the Chinese New Year Celebrations. The lighted lanterns are a symbol of illumination and bright, good future for them and their families.
Las posadas is a Mexican tradition celebrated for nine nights before the birth of Jesus. It is where Mexicans come together to celebrate the period of gestation, that is the nine months of mother Mary in which she travels to Bethlehem with Joseph to find some shelter or inn (Posadas) to give birth to baby Jesus. The whole story is re enacted in processions where people hold candles and walk to an inn or a shelter or a church.
St. Lucia Day
St Lucia Day is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated in Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland. It is celebrated in honor of St Lucia who was killed by Romans for her religious beliefs. It is believed that St. Lucia wore a crown of lit candles. There are procession with candle light where the significance of light is to ward of evil in the darkest days of the year.
Lantern Festival , El Salvador
This festival of lights in El salvador is celebrated in the city of Ahuachapan. It celebrates the birth of Virgin Mary. People of the city light lanterns to honour the birth of Virgin Mary.
We hope this year light fills in your life and you have a prosperous year head. A very Happy Diwali from all of us.