It is that time of the year, when the whole of India celebrates.
India is large, diverse, multi-cultural. Each cultures have their own festivals all much different and vibrant in its own way. But today is special.
You may belong to different caste, different culture, different region, or even different religion. But it’s that time of the year when we all have fun – together.
We share not just sweets, but also love. Our mothers use to spend hours and days in preparing for the sweets. Parents busy with the purchase of the new clothes, and kids happily waiting for the arrival of Diwali!!!
Not just for the fun part in playing with crackers, but also to put on the new clothes and go from one neighbour to other to distribute sweets.
So the common line in this festival is to share and care. But what is interesting here to note is the reason for which this festival is celebrated. Depending on the region you come from, the reasons or the story behind this festival can be different.
History of Diwali
Son of the Lord Bhoomadevi, Demon Naragasuran wanted to rule not just this Earth, but also the heaven. So, he meditated rigorously to get the boon from Lord Brahma. He succeeded to get the boon from Lord Brahma.
As per the boon, his death can happen only by his mother, Bhoomadevi. And which mother on earth will kill her own son?
You are right, that was the game plan from Naragasuran. With such thinking he grew even more worst Demon, and conquered the heaven. Gods complained to Lord Krishna and he planned the defeat of Naragasuran through his wife.
How was Sathyabama, wife of Lord Krishna, able to kill Naragasuran? It was because, she was the Bhoomadevi who has taken the avatar of Sathyabama to marry Lord Krishna.
This day, when the Demon Naragasuran was killed, is still today celebrated as the festival called Diwali.
Wait, this is not the only version of history for this festival.
We have another version where the day Lord Rama killed King Ravan was celebrated as Diwali.
And in recent times I see people on social media busy in fighting on which version of the story is right. It is quite surprising to see that. Because, no one fighting for one reason or other knows the real version. Everyone justifies it by what they have read and heard.
Celebrate the End of Evil
Whatever the reason, or the story behind, the essence is same.
No matter what, Evil will be destroyed. And people will rejoice and celebrate the end of Evil.
And in recent times, I also keep hearing about the protests and Gyans by the so called intellectuals. Gone are the days when it was all about “It’s Diwali, Play it safe.” Now it is mostly, “It’s Diwali, why play it.“
Simple. Noise, Air and all kind of pollution.
There should be always 2 sides to the coin right? So, there are this other side which scouts for the Bloodless Eid. And there are few others who wants to promote Green Christmas, but not cutting the trees.
Every festival has not its own reason to celebrate, but also a tradition to celebrate. If you want to change tradition, do it yourselves. Do NOT impose on others.
If you feel crackers are polluting, think again. Think about those millions of poor working in Sivakasi – a place where Indian most demands about fireworks are manufactured.
Protest to improve their life.
Protest to improve their working environment.
And protest to improve the Public transport to avoid big time pollution, and stop protest against such development initiatives.
So it is that time of the year, when whole of India celebrates the festival of lights.
Not just the lights on this land, but also the lights on those black sky.
Enjoy your colourful crackers.