KIDS’ BLOG! Diwali, the Festival of Lights

Happy DiwaliFor five days this week, starting on Sunday, November 3, Hindus around the world will celebrate Diwali, or Deepavali, the Festival of Lights.  Diwali marks the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil.  Lamps are lit, colored lights dance against dark skies and fireworks explode in fiery celebration.  People exchange gifts, often of gold, dress up in new clothes, prepare special dishes and sweets, and with this celebration acknowledge the gods for giving humans health, wealth, peace and prosperity.

Click here  or below for a toolkit by the Hindu American Foundation that shows different ways you can join in the Diwali festivities with activities, including stories to read, a history of the festival and wonderful recipes.

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But before you begin, let’s look at the idea of good and evil and how it applies to light and darkness.  Obviously, when we think of light we think of seeing life as it is, with nothing to hide.  The light gives us warmth and comfort.  The dark can hide things that are frightening to us or that we don’t understand.  So from early man life became a struggle between light and darkness.  As societies developed and different beliefs and ideas arose, light and dark became symbols for good and evil.

Artist's depiction of a black hole.

Artist’s depiction of a black hole.

In modern times, we realize through such studies as quantum physics, string theory, meta brain theory and other ideas—some yet to be conceived—that darkness is not necessarily the absence of light.  A basis of physics is that matter cannot be destroyed, only changed into another form.  So darkness, such as found in black holes in space, can actually contain very, very dense light that we can’t see.  Science tells us that darkness then is not nothing.

So where does evil exist?  Did you ever hear the expression that someone has a “dark imagination”?  Evil is in the mind, and the darkness is the ignorance that causes people to imagine terrible things about others.  Where does this lead?  Wars, fighting, prejudice—the list goes on throughout thousands of years.  When we imagine that people can live together in harmony, then we are changing the world for the better.  It is our minds that shed light on the dark.

So ancient beliefs and modern knowledge have many ideas for us to ponder.  And together, they can show us how the human spirit can triumph and create peace and prosperity in our world community.

Activity

Make Delicious Diwali Sweets

Click here for 7 easy Diwali dessert recipes.

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Resources

http://www.spirituality-information-101.com/light-and-darkness.html

http://www.universetoday.com/38245/what-is-a-black-hole/

http://www.nature.com/news/record-breaking-black-holes-fill-a-cosmic-gap-1.9553

Images of Diwali Celebrations Around the World: http://www.ibtimes.com/diwali-2013-hindu-festival-lights-celebrated-all-over-world-photos-1450014

More Images of Black Holes: https://www.google.com/search?q=black+hole+and+light&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Q8R3UqqrCMjMsQSE1oHwBA&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1138&bih=561

5 responses to “KIDS’ BLOG! Diwali, the Festival of Lights

  1. Thanks for such a informative post on the essence of Diwali festival. There are some good places to visit in India during Diwali where you can enjoy the festival in a special way. Delhi, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Punjab, Varanasi have its special way of celebrating Diwali. Read post on Diwali celebrations in India to find more.

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  3. Diwali is the festival of lights, new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil. There is so much of history and excitement related to the Diwali festival.

  4. Diwali 2016 starts from the 30th of October this year. There are so many ways to celebrate deepavali festival. This is the time when we worship Goddess Lakshmi.

  5. I’m glad I found this web site.I just found this blog and have high hopes for it to continue. Keep up the great work and Happy Diwali to you all.
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