Presentation on theme: "Diwali Festival of Lights"— Presentation transcript:
1 Diwali Festival of Lights Diwali derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali”Deepa means lightAvali means a rowDiwali = Deepavali means a row of lights
2 Diwali is celebrated in the months of October/November on the Diwali is celebrated in the months of October/November on the darkest night (Amavasya) of this period.Hindus in India and across the globe celebrate Diwali.Diwali celebrations can last up to five days. Each region of the country celebrates the triumph of good over evil in a uniquely regional way.
3 Celebrations Include Lighting of Diyas or earthen lamps in every corner of homes.Decoration of homes in multi-coloredand floral design (Rangoli).Visits to the temples and offerings to Lakshmi,the Goddess of spiritual and material prosperity
4 Celebrations Include Purchase of new Clothes Fireworks Exchange of sweets withfriends and neighbors.Fireworks
5 Significance of Diwali Diwali is based on spirituality, beliefs, myths and legends of the triumph of good over evil.Illumination of the diyas symbolizes the removal ofspiritual darkness and the onset of wisdom or light.In Northern India, Diwali is a celebration of the welcome given to Lord Rama. In the great Hindu epic, Ramayana, his subjects welcome him after14 years of exile from his kingdom. Lord Rama destroys the evil ruler of Lanka, Ravan, duringhis exile.Diwali is also the start of the new year for Hindus in the northern regions of India.
6 The triumph of good over evil Lord Krishna destroying the evil demon Narakasura for abducting the females of the community.In Southern India, Diwali iscelebrated for the triumph ofLord Vishnu over Hiranyakashapu,an evil and unjust king.
7 Lighting a Lamp Lamps are lit for daily worship, rituals and festivals Symbolizes KNOWLEDGE, as opposed to darkness or ignoranceKnowledge is lasting INNER wealth – A lamp is lit to bow to knowledge as the greatest form of wealthGod is “Knowledge Principle”, the source of all knowledge; thus light is worshipped as the Lord HimselfOil or ghee in lamp – our “vasanas” or negative tendenciesWick – the ego
8 When lit by spiritual knowledge, the “vasanas’ get slowly exhausted, and the ego too finally perishesFlame burns upwardsSimilarly, acquiring knowledge takes us towards higher idealsA single lamp can light hundreds of lampsSimilarly a man of knowledge can share knowledge with others without diminishing his own knowledge