Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar and it commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.
While, the Hindus celebrate this festival to commemorate the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 year-long years in exile and his victory over Ravana, for the people of Jain faith, this festival carries the essence of spiritual upliftment because it marks the achievement of Nirvana or Moksha by Mahavira, the last Tirthankara.
Diwali is known as the festival of lights. However, colours also play a big role in this festival. Houses are freshly painted and ornamented with a multitude of decorations. People buy new clothes and gifts for their family and friends. Colours are most noticeable though in the traditional rangoli patterns that grace the entrance of every home.
The children of our literacy centre created beautiful Rangoli designs in the celebration of Diwali 2019 and painted diyas for their homes.
Later we had a small cultural program where the children performed songs and dances. Gifts and sweets were distributed to every child.