Diwali – A Celebration of Joy
October 15, 2014
As many of our Tamil friends and families wind down the last few days of the Purattasi month of fasting, they begin preparations to the much anticipated celebrations of Diwali (Deepavali). Diwali falls on the 23rd of October this year and if a huge celebration in the Hindu calendar.
Diwali is the celebration of Light over Darkness, Good over Evil, Knowledge over Ignorance and Hope over Despair. Deepavali (deep = Light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) is actually marked by a four day celebration. Each of the four days is separated by different traditions, but the constant ideal is the celebration of life. Stemming from ancient India, when Lord Rama returned from his 14 year exile after vanquishing the demon king Ravana. In celebration the people of Ayodhya, illuminated his path home with oil lamps.
Chatsworth is without a doubt one of the most involved Indian communities during this time, and anyone that lives here or has lived here will attest to the joy, friendship and love that this community exhumes during this time. For little kids its the joy of waking up in the morning and getting dressed in their new clothing, helping mom with the last baking preps and then packing the parcels to hand to friends, family and neighbours. For parents its about the love they share with their families. Mom pouring all her heart and soul into each piece of Sweetmeet to ensure that everyone that tastes it will share in her joy. Dad making sure that the house is ready for all the guests and ensuring he has enough for them to drink (yes, I am talking about the alcohol) and celebrate.
Growing up in Chatsworth Diwali has always been a huge celebration for me, and most others that got to share this experience in a colourful community like this. Knocking on neighbours doors and watching the smile on their faces when they receive the wonderful treats. Playing outside with all the neighbourhood kids, comparing fireworks, bursting crackers and eating so much sweetmeets until our tummy start to ache, and then the ultimate finale is getting to light all those amazing fireworks, watching the sky light up with every conceivable colour and enjoying the overall awesomeness of what is:- Diwali.
Chatsworth Live would like to wish all our readers a Happy Diwali and may your lives be filled with Joy, Laughter and Light forever.