Diwali is one of the most awaited festivals amongst all Indians across the globe. This is one festival which has gone beyond its religious significance and celebrates the secular spirit of brotherhood of every Indian irrespective of caste, creed or religion and that is why this festival is my personal favorite.It is, therefore, one my greatest pleasure to write a piece on Diwali or Deepavali.
This festival of light also comes to announce the onset of a new season. Houses, shops, and all other buildings go through the exhaustive annual spree of cleaning, whitewashing, and re-decorating. The old and unwanted things are removed to replace them with new and beautiful items. This festival can, therefore, be rightly called the shopping festival of India where every household and office space does serious shopping for a great facelift.
Traditionally our forefathers celebrated Diwali by decorating and illuminating their living spaces to celebrate the return of Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and Great War and victory over Ravana. This is the festival celebrating the spirit of truth, courage, justice and benevolence of Lord Rama the greatest of all kings. The lighting of Diya symbolizes the dawn of a new era of rule of justice, progress and equality, the beginning of Ram Rajya.
Sweets were distributed to as a symbol to enhance the sweetness of love and kindness amongst all the members of a community. Gifts were distributed amongst needy to appreciate and ask the blessings of Goddess Laxmi in our lives. Every religion believes the more you help the ones in need, the more you prosper.
However, the real message of victory of good over evil, or the custom of appreciating and celebrating our loved ones, often gets lost in the competition to be the most elaborately and expensively decorated household. Gifts have become a measurement of social and economic standing.
This Diwali lets us all pledge to celebrate the true spirit of Diwali by being socially responsible and bringing in a smile of happiness on the faces of the underprivileged people in our society. Here’s how you can help the ones in need.
Spending Quality Time in an Old Age Home:
You and your friends and family can donate your precious time and help clean, white wash and decorate an old age home near you. Decorate the old age homes with lights and day and celebrate the blessings of the elders in the society. Everyone in your group can donate some amount of money from shopping budget to buy blankets and warm clothes to make this a more comfortable winter for elders thus celebrating the spirit of goodness and benevolence.
Celebrating Diwali with Terminally Children:
Instead of spending money in firecrackers, you can bring in joy in the lives of terminally ill children by gifting toys and sweets permitted by doctors. You can organize puppet shows or movie time for these kids to enjoy the festivities of Diwali.
Helping an Orphanage Celebrate Diwali:
You can gift clothes, sweets, diyas, decorative lights in an orphanage help orphan children celebrate this festival of light. You can arrange potlucks in the orphanage with your friends and gift the children a beautiful home cooked meal.
These are just some ideas which can help you make Diwali special for someone who would greatly appreciate your kindness, love, and generosity. Instead of spending thousands of Rupees in diyas, lights, decoration, and firecrackers, spend it on someone who can benefit from your gifts. After all, doesn’t Diwali teach us to celebrate the goodness within us and shut out the evil from our life? This Diwali, let us all pledge to make a difference in someone’s life by giving them the precious gift of kindness and generosity celebrating the true essence of Ramraj where the weak and underprivileged are always protected and taken care of.
On Behalf of The entire Mitraya Services, here is wishing you a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. We pray that this Festive Season brings in light of goodness and Knowledge in your lives.