Gulmohur Chronicles – Edition 27

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from the within” – Maya Angelou

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Diwali, one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month Karttika.

November 14 is celebrated as Children’s Day throughout the country. To mark the birth anniversary of independent India’s first Prime Minister,
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, this day is celebrated in schools, educational institutions and other places of importance for children. The freedom fighter and politician was extremely fond of children and was fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ by them. Even after years of his death, he is remembered by that name and in honour of his legacy and fondness for children, his birth anniversary is celebrated as Children’s Day.

Chhath is an ancient Hindu festival historically native to the Indian subcontinent, more specifically, the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and the Nepalese Autonomous provinces of Koshi, Madhesh and Lumbini. Prayers during Chhath puja are dedicated to the solar deity, Surya, to show gratitude and thankfulness for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request that certain wishes be granted.

The month of November is considered to be the month where the most auspicious festivals are celebrated to prove good over evil and our generation or today’s kids should indulge in these festival and learn it’s importance.