British Asia News Network
London, Nov 7: If you are from India and living in a foreign nation, chances are you are missing your home country at this time of the year more than any other. Come October-November, entire India lights up with the festive lights, first for Dasara and then Diwali. But then, the spirit of Diwali is not confined to any country. Wherever Indians are, in whichever corner of the world, they celebrate the festival of lights with all the vigour and enthusiasm it commands. In the UK too, the Indian community has been celebrating the festival with spiritual get-togethers and cultural events. The streets of London, particularly where Indians are in big numbers, are lined with shops stocked up in special Diwali items, from fabrics to fireworks, mouth-watering sweets to savouries, and needless to add, people have been flocking these shops in hordes for the past several days to complete their Diwali checklist.
Diwali, or Deepavali as it is also called, celebrates the victory of good over evil. The festival marks the return of King Rama from Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana. The people of Ayodhya welcomed him with fireworks and by lighting rows of clay lamps, a practice that is followed to this day. It is in fact the earthen lamps that add beauty and charm to this wonderful festival. Another legend associated with the festival is the victory of Lord Krishna against the demon Narakasura, and hence, Naraka Chaturdasi also forms a part of Diwali celebrations, especially in southern India. Diwali also marks the day Lord Vishnu in Vamana avatar sent the demon king Bali to rule the netherworld. Diwali is also an auspicious occasion for Jains, as it is believed that Lord Mahaveer attained Nirvana on this day.
We at British Asia News wish our readers in India, the UK and the world over, a very happy and safe Diwali. Let's enjoy the sumptuous Diwali dishes and the vibrant fireworks, and pray to the Lord to make this world a better place. May the world shine with the light of knowlege and peace, and may joy reside in every heart. May the good win over evil.
God bless us all.