Have a Holly Jolly Diwali

Today, the new Moon, is the day of Diwali. From Wikipedia:

Diwālī or Dīpāvali (also transliterated Deepavali; Sanskrit: row of lights) is the Hindu Festival of Lights. For Jains it is one of the most important festivals, and beginning of the Jain year. It is also a significant festival for the Sikh faith.

Diwali is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals of India. It is celebrated for 5 consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja which usually corresponds to the month of October or November. Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali and use the occasion to celebrate life and strengthen relationships.

Typically, celebrations focus on lights and lamps, particularly traditional diyas (as illustrated), although electric lights have become widespread. Fireworks may also be associated with the festival in some regions.

The festival marks the victory of good over evil.

On the day of Diwali, traditionally, the old and the young, rich and poor, wear new dresses, share sweets and also burn firecrackers. The North Indian business community starts their financial new year on Diwali and new account books are opened on this day.

Here is a beautiful Diwali blessing, from Swami Chidanand Saraswati (Muniji):

May the light of love and devotion shine brightly in your hearts.
May the light of understanding shine in your minds.
May the light of harmony glow in your home.
May the light of service shine forth ceaselessly from your hands.
May the light of peace emanate from your being.
May your presence light the lamps of love and peace wherever you go.
May your smile, your words and your actions be as sweet as the sweets of this festive season.
May Mahalakshmi bring you the true wealth of health, happiness, peace and spiritual upliftment.

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