Saturday, October 21, 2006

Happy Diwali

The Diwali festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India.

In a recent editorial, the Times of India summed up the modern meaning of Diwali:"Regardless of the mythological explanation one prefers, what the festival of lights really stands for today is a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple — and some not so simple — joys of life."
In olden days Diwali also marked the beginning of a financial year. Stock exchanges in India celebrate Diwali as a "muhurat" day: a beginning for the new year!
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