Diwali: celebrating the festival of light




Diwali is a five day festival of light, celebrated between October and November. Spiritually Diwali symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and, most importantly, good over evil. During this festival, traditionally Hindu’s light up their houses and shops with diya’s (small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay) and rangoli . They worship the Lord Ganesha for welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom. On Thursday the 4th of November the NHS cultural diversity committee organised for Diwali to be celebrated at Marymount,  which marks the first celebration of Diwali  in the Marymount community.

Last Thursday students were invited to come dressed in either traditional Indian clothing or bright clothing and further ate a traditional Indian meal at lunch. The NHS cultural diversity committee did a phenomenal job as Indians who were unable to be back at home to celebrate with their families had an opportunity to share traditions within the international community. While the celebrations at school were fantastic it was extremely different to the way I celebrate Diwali back in India. Normally when celebrating Diwali , I stay with my cousins and grandparents all in one house .We commence the day by wearing new clothes and praying. The house is usually decorated with rangoli  and diya’s We share a traditional meal for lunch as a family then we visit friends and family to wish them with a box of sweets. My most memorable moment of Diwali in India is dinner time ,which is usually spent with friends and family along with bursting firecrackers and dancing to loud music.

Priyal Vashi in Grade 11 stated “ We celebrate Diwali in my family by lighting Diya’s and at her school there were dressing up competitions and holidays granted for Diwali”. She further stated that “ Marymount celebrated Diwali with a unique approach which was impressive as the innovative idea to come in bright clothes was fascinating and she was fortunate to celebrate her favourite festival during her first year at Marymount with her new friends.