Shubh Diwali! শুভ দীপাবলীর প্রীতি ও শুভেচ্ছা

I love Diwali though I forgot it was today.  It’s like forgetting Christmas or my birthday which has happened in the past. Simply, Diwali is the Festival of Lights. It is significant to Hindus as it symbolizes the return of Rama after 14 years of exile; Mother Lakshmi‘s birth; and Krishna killing a demon thereby rescuing those who were being tormented.  The diyas light the path for a safe return home as well as welcoming prosperity and good fortune.

I grew up as a Catholic and attended many pujas and ramayans. Growing up with dual religions was confusing, However, I was able to see how the two are related. Light through darkness and good over evil always prevail.  Love your neighbor as you love yourself  or karma. And As a matter of fact, during my last trip to Trinidad, we visited Waterloo, a Hindu temple, in the sea. We sat in on a puja that was taking place.  The Hindu religion is so dense and so fascinating. I am still learning. There are so many books to read, stories to hear, and a visit to India to be made.almost happened in the past.

Happy Diwali! Especially to my dad and my family in Trinidad. I am sure that the island is bright!