12 Nov Celebration of Light
Today is Diwali in India (pronounced De-Vall-e). It is the largest and most important festival (holiday) in India.
It is similar to christmas for Christians. So for several nights leading up to Diwali and after, fireworks are constantly going off. Everything from small pops to super large cannon like blasts even in to the night. (making it challenging to sleep), but i don’t mind.
Diwali is celebrating spiritual light or Good over evil.
Ummmm….really? Every culture and human being recognizes the need to overcome, defeat and move beyond darkness. I have seen such sweet kindness from resturant workers, shop owners and fellow travelers that I see so much light all around me.
We celebrated last night by gathering with the schools 200 HR and 300 HR yoga teacher training groups and teachers (equaling 60+ people) to release fire lit paper lanterns into the sky. This got to be a little crazy as the lanterns had to fill with hot air before they where released then the wind was taking them every which way.
Tonight we will celebrate by sharing dinner cooked by one of our teachers (for his students) at his apartment. Sweets are a big part of the festivities. Oh Boy!! here we go.
I thought it interesting that the date of Diwali this year was 11/11/15. This morning someone shouted, “It’s 11:11am on 11/11”.
This represents new beginnings, awakenings and opportunities for a fresh start.
What a magical time to be here and see the happiness all around.
Do you celebrate light, your inner light and God’s light within everyone?
If we had a Diwali, How would you celebrate it?