Vancouver is really international as you all know, and there is a big Indian Community living here. These days are special for all of them. Do you know why?
After the monsoon season in India, which is around October or November Indian people celebrated “Diwali” a special festivity that can be translated to “Row of Lights“. This date also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, and many businesses in India starting a new accounting year on the Diwali holiday.
Ok, right and what’s Diwali about?
It’s a celebration to victory of the Good over the Evil and Light over Darkness, which last 5 days. It has a major religious significance not only in India, but also for Indians living abroad. The actual day of Diwali happens during the third day when it’s really common to see lights around the houses and fireworks.
The rest of the days there are different celebrations, for example the first day the people pray for prosperity and wealth and the last day, the fifth one, is the day for brothers and sisters to strengthen their relationships. In this day sisters pray for their brother’s and they give little gifts to their sisters in return.
Interesting, isn’t it?
And the best of all and this is something general everywhere, is during the celebration time the families are together eating tons of food and sweets! Yummy!
It is also common to send Diwali greeting cards to family members, relatives and friends, but nowadays send e- mails and Facebook are good options as well!
Barbara, our Placement Manager and Neil her boyfriend enjoyed yesterday celebrating Diwali together!
It’s great that a Spanish girl is writing about an Indian festivity that a Canadian coworker celebrated yesterday with her boyfriend’s family. It’s the kind of magical things that just happen in this crazy and awesome city!