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Have A Jolly Diwali

Topics: Holidays | 1 CommentBy admin | October 28, 2008

Lord knows we could use some light and change for the good…

The fact that today is the first day of Diwali is a reminder that I need to buy some candles. Not that I’m Hindu, Jain, or Buddhist, but I’ll use any excuse to shed a little light on things at this time of year, as (especially at the latitude where I live) we accelerate into shorter and shorter days and the gloom of winter sets in. If you live in the U.K., where there is a higher concentration of Indian ex-pats than in most of the U.S., you’re probably already familiar with Diwali, which is derived from the Sanskrit word dipavali, meaning row of lights. Much like western religious holidays, aspects of Diwali have been secularized, and the holiday – in addition to its original specific religious meanings – has taken on a broader general feeling of being a time of fresh starts in business and in life, a time to let the good in and the bad out. By the way, I intentionally chose that swastika image to grab attention, and in the hope of further turning bad perceptions into good ones. Learn a little about the Hindu meaning of the symbol here. And for the environmentally conscious, here are some guidelines for a green Diwali.

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