Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated in India and across the globe by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains as the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali signifies the beginning of the Hindu New Year and honors goddess Lakshmi with lights, fireworks and gifts to loved ones. Here are five reasons we Diwali celebrations every year – see if you agree! 1) Diwali is told in the other Hindu epic, the “Mahabharata.” In the Mahabharata, the five royal brothers Pandavas are shown losing to their brother Kaurava in a game of dice (gambling). The Pandavas were forced to follow a rule requiring 13 years of exile. When the time was up, they brought the ‘Kartik Amavasya’ home to his Hastinapura (new moon day of the Kartik month). All their subjects worshiped the five Pandavas brothers, the mother and the bride Draupadi for their sincerity, kindness, kindness and compassion. To celebrate the auspicious occasion of homecoming and welcome them back again, brightly colored lights were lit up across the state. The celebration of Diwali, which many believe marks the return of the Pandavas, is believed to keep the custom alive. 2) To welcome Lord Rama, […] read more