The Center for Multicultural Affairs honors the Festival of Lights
Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness and commemorates the Hindu New Year. Its religious significance varies for each religious group. One example is found in the Hindu epic of Ramayana. In this story, Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana return to their kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. On that dark new moon night, the residents of Ayodhya joyfully lit oil lamps to welcome Rama, Sita and Lakshmana back to the kingdom. This is one of many stories that serve as the inspiration for Diwali.
Along with performing acts of charity, decorating the house, spending time with family, singing and dancing, and eating sweets, families observing Diwali light a diya which is a lamp that reminds us that even in the darkness, light will always prevail. Diwali celebrations also typically include lighting the sky with fireworks!
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