Here at Soma Tech Intl, we cherish diversity represented amongst our dedicated employees. This includes celebrating different cultures and that speak in the heart of many. Yesterday marked the latest celebration of one of the most highly celebrated and important dates for Indians – Diwali.
WHAT IS DIWALI AND WHY IS IT AN IMPORTANT DATE?
Diwali is an important Hindu festival which celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. That is why it is also known as the festival of lights. Festivities, according to the Hindu calendar, begins from the 28th day of Ashwin, that is, Krishna Paksha Trayodashi. It goes on till the Shukla Paksha Dwitiya of the Kartik month.
DIGGING FURTHER INTO SOME HISTORY
There are several iterations of the story of Diwali. In one of the main stories in Hinduism, Diwali is the day Lord Rama, his wife Sita Devi and brother Lakshmana return to their homeland after 14 years in exile. The villagers lit a path for Rama, who had defeated the demon king Ravana. Reenactments of this story are part of celebrations in some regions.
People also celebrate the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi during this time. As the goddess of prosperity, wealth and fertility, the romantic story says that she chose Lord Vishnu, one of Hinduism’s most important deities, to be her husband on the night of Diwali. In other cultures, Diwali coincides with harvest and new year celebrations. No matter which story you celebrate, Diwali marks a day of new beginnings and light over darkness.
Here at Soma, we celebrated this significant day amongst our employees by providing an array of Indian food while many dressed in their traditional garments. Below are some highlights of yesterday’s celebration.
Do you also celebrate Diwali? If so, how do you normal celebrate? What is your favorite part of the celebration? Feel free to leave us a comment below!